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.

Ways To Connect

Tom Chalkley

Remember when cooperation between political leaders was almost routine? Can’t remember back that far? Neither can I. 

Fraser Smith talks to wypr's Karen Hosler about the significance behind this week's meeting of Maryland's congressional delegation and Governor Larry Hogan. How will the state's Republican Governor and its mostly Democrat delegation work together - and how will the state's agenda change?

WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to Amanda Yeager, the government and development reporter for The Howard County Times about Allan Kittleman's first few months on the job. 

WYPR's Statehouse Reporter Chris Connelly says Assembly Republicans are nearly eup0horic as they work on Gov. Larry Hogan’s budget. Thought amended and re-arranged by House Democrats, they believe the spending plan would have been much more expensive had a Democrat been in the governor’s office. The document will be approved or amended when it goes to the state senate.  

Tom Chalkley

President Obama’s speech in Alabama two weeks ago properly elevated Selma to the status of defining moment in the history of our nation – and urged us to make it a touchstone for the future. WYPR’s Senior News Analyst Fraser Smith comments in his weekly essay.

WYPR's Karen Hosler reports on a poll showing that 54 percent of poll respondents believe the storm water abate fee was actually a tax on Rain. Not so. Clever political operatives dubbed it the “rain tax.” The unpopular levy was imposed as another important way to control harmful runoff into the Chesapeake Bay.   



WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to Bryan Sears from The Daily Record about the various bills in front of The General Assembly that effect those with a criminal record.  One bill allows for the expungement of criminal convictions that are no longer crimes - it's passed the State Senate and it's on the way to the House of Delegates.   Smith and Sears discuss the various legislation making its way to Governor Larry Hogan's desk. 

Fraser Smith talks to WYPR's Statehouse Reporter, Christopher Connelly about the buzz in The General Assembly regarding who is jockeying for congressional seats left open when those politicians jockey for Mikulski's seat. 

Tom Chalkley

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake calls upon the black men of Baltimore to become mentors and activists in the fight against crime.

WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to City Reporter, P. Kenneth Burns about Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's State of the City Address.  She focused attention on African-American men in the city and criticized her city council.