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

Set up by the Baltimore Community Foundation a day after the burning and looting, “The Fund for Re-Building Baltimore” is hearing from Crabtown boosters across the country. Checks are accompanied by stories and notes of encouragement.  “My daughters friends had a lemonade stand to help with the rebuilding of Baltimore’s affected neighborhoods.  They were very excited to make this donation,” said one.

Maybe there’s something to be said for the national TV coverage. “Stay safe Baltimore – prayers from Chicago,” offered another.

Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears, from The Daily Record, discuss how Governor Hogan has changed EZ Pass fees, the Bay Bridge toll, and if his changes will stick.

Fraser Smith

After three decades in prison, 56-year-old Mark Chase recently got his first paycheck, the first car he hadn’t stolen and a job that might give him a good life.  

Fraser Smith talks to Andy Green, editor of the editorial page for The Baltimore Sun, about the work ahead for State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

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 A dramatically colder winter, made me wonder. Would we be skipping spring, 2015?  

          Oh me of little faith. We haven’t had that much climate change.

          Overnight we awoke to what an acquaintance used to call “the dancing ladies” – a quadrille of white beauties on Calvert Street.

           You can catch the very last of them joining hands above the streetscapes.

Fraser Smith talks to wypr's Mary Rose Madden about the death of Freddie Gray - the 25 year old African American man who died while in police custody.  On the morning of April 12th, police officers and Gray "made eye contact" and Gray ran.  Police chased him and arrested him - but no one has been able to answer why Gray was arrested.  That question is just one of many Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, and many others want answered.  The city police department is conducting an internal investigation and now the U.S.

One of the central points of Governor Larry Hogan's gubernatorial campaign was repealing the stormwater utility fee.  But in his first General Assembly session, the stormwater utility fee bill - or "rain tax" as critics call it - only got stronger.  Fraser Smith and The Daily Record's Bryan Sears discuss the regulations that were added to the bill and the finances behind stormwater runoff treatments.

Earlier in the session, the state budget was a sign of bi-partisanship between the Republican Governor and the Democratic assembly.  But now? Fraser Smith and Andy Green, editorial page editor for The Baltimore Sun, discuss how the budget is being held hostage until the governor gets what he wants - while the General Assembly tries to push back. 

Tom Chalkley

Finally, we get to know who governs Maryland: Is it the governor riding high in the saddle? Or is it the wary and defensive legislature?