Fraser Smith

Senior News Analyst

Fraser Smith has been in the news business for over 30 years.  He began his reportorial career with the Jersey Journal, a daily New Jersey newspaper and then moved on to the Providence Journal in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1969 Fraser won a prestigious American Political Science Association Public Affairs Fellowship, which enabled him to devote a year to graduate study at Yale University.  In 1977, Fraser was hired away by The Baltimore Sun where in 1981, he moved to the newspaper's Washington bureau to focus on policy problems and their everyday effect on Marylanders.  In 1983, he became the Sun's chief political reporter.

During his career as a reporter, Fraser was the recipient of numerous journalism awards: from UPI New England in 1973, from AP New England in 1974 and 1975, from Roy W. Howard in 1975, from Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association in 1981, and from Sigma Delta Chi in 1986.  His Sun series on lead paint poisoning, which he wrote with his wife, Eileen Canzian, won first place and best of show honors in 1987 from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association.  Between 1999 and 2003, he has served as an editorial writer and columnist for the Sun.

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Baltimore
5:49 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Mosby Victory Not Precisely A Matter Of Black And White

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Mosby Victory Not Precisely A Matter Of Black And White

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Ian Duncan of the Baltimore Sun talk about the vote breakdown in Marilyn Mosby's victory over Gregg Bernstein in the Democratic primary for Baltimore State's Attorney, and why it brings into question a typical assumption about who votes in Baltimore.

Politics
12:02 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

What A Dinosaur Has To Do With A Local County Council Race

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What A Dinosaur Has To Do With A Local County Council Race

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about the curious rise of Michael Peroutka, the GOP's nominee for the District 5 seat on the Anne Arundel County Council.

Correction: This audio has been corrected from what was originally posted and what originally aired Friday morning, July 18. A corrected time frame for the area said to be the source of the dinosaur bones is in this new version.

Opinion
5:47 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Kamenetz Proposal On Red Line Lacks Vision

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Kamenetz Proposal On Red Line Lacks Vision

Public officials should be in the business of thinking about the future.

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Inside Maryland Politics
5:57 am
Wed July 16, 2014

What Maryland Politicians Have To Do With The Border Crisis

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What Maryland Politicians Have To Do With The Border Crisis

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Josh Kurtz of Center Maryland talk about the crisis of more than 50,000 undocumented children at the border, and the role of Maryland politicians in addressing it.

Inside Maryland Politics
5:19 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Franchot's Call For Less Rhetoric Likely To Go Unheeded

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Franchot's Call For Less Rhetoric Likely To Go Unheeded

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears of the Daily Record talk about the Board of Public Works' decision to cut money from the state budget amid less-than-expected revenues. They also touch on why Comptroller Peter Franchot is urging both parties to talk more seriously about Maryland's fiscal situation.

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