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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Fraser Smith and Melissa Deckman, chair of the political science department at Washington College, discuss Martin O'Malley's performance in the second Democratic presidential primary debate and its effect on his chances in Iowa.

Tom Chaulkey


WYPR's senior news analyst takes a walk in the woods and thinks about the dangers refugees face on their journeys.

Fraser Smith and John Fritze, of the Baltimore Sun's Washington Bureau, examine the politics of immigration and refugees.


Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR news team, examine the Baltimore County Council's effort to phase out the storm water management fee, otherwise known as the dreaded "rain tax."


Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler, of the WYPR reporting team, talk about Governor Larry Hogan's chances of changing the way Maryland draws Congressional districts.

Tom Chaulkey

WYPR's senior news analyst says Councilman Nick Mosby's entrance into Baltimore's crowded mayoral race creates the potential for conflicts of interest with his wife, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.


Fraser Smith and John Fritze, of the Baltimore Sun's Washington Bureau, wonder how much longer former Governor Martin O'Malley stays in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.


Just hours before Vice President Joe Biden announced he would not run for president, Fraser Smith and Dr. Mileah Kromer, of the Goucher Poll, talk about the effect Biden would have on the race, the first Democratic debate and the surge of Republican Dr. Ben Carson.


Fraser Smith and WYPR's John Lee talk about maneuvering in Baltimore County to repeal the storm water management fee.

Tom Chaulkey


WYPR's Senior News Analyst says city police commanders should have known about "rough rides" and done something.