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

Fraser Smith and Kenneth Burns, of the WYPR news team, talk about the acquittal of Officer Edward Nero in the Freddie Gray case and try to parse the meaning for the trials to come.

    

Former GOP speech writer Richard Cross explains to Fraser Smith his high opinion of Democratic mayoral nominee Catherine Pugh.

    

Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater, of the Baltimore Sun, take up the state Board of Elections' review of the city's primary results.

    

Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears, of The Daily Record, take on the politics of air conditioning schools.

Fraser Smith and Andy Green of the Baltimore Sun's editorial board, discuss the City Council's effort to change the city charter to gain more fiscal control and how that could play out in an election year.   

Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR news team, talk about Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's relationship with Democratic mayoral nominee Catherine Pugh, her relationship with Gov. Larry Hogan and how that could change things for the city and the county.

    

Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR news team, discuss challenges to the results of last week's election.

    

Fraser Smith and Andy Green, of the Baltimore Sun's editorial board, talk about the issues they think "presumptive mayor" Catherine Pugh ought to address before she takes office, assuming she wins in November.

    

Fraser Smith and Andy Green, of the Baltimore Sun's editorial board, talk about Charter amendments the City Council has sent to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake that she has threatened to veto. Green says he hopes the council won't override at least one of those vetoes.

Being Nehemiah

Apr 19, 2016
Fraser Smith

In death, the name Freddie Gray became part of the national call for police reform. Quickly, though, the challenge widened. Every urban issue from unemployment, to education, to vacant houses, to public schools and the re-entry of ex-offenders was on the urgency agenda.  Gray grew up a victim or a product of them all. How urgent, though, would be question.

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