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 Richard Cross, speechwriter for former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich, talk about the Iowa caucuses, the upcoming New Hampshire primary and what that means for current Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's support of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

What Happened In Iowa

Feb 3, 2016


Fraser Smith and Melissa Deckman, of Washington College's political science department, analyze what happened to former Gov. Martin O'Malley in Iowa.


Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater, of the Baltimore Sun, discuss the politics of snow removal.

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WYPR's senior news analyst focuses on Larry Hogan's governing style, budgets and the inevitable Annapolis horse trading.


Fraser Smith asks Andy Green, of the Baltimore Sun editorial board, "Where's the beef?" when it comes to Gov. Larry Hogan's budget and his promise to spend $75 million over the next five years to rid Baltimore of blighted vacant houses.

Overriding Vetoes

Jan 22, 2016


Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears, of the Daily Record, talk about counting votes and overriding vetoes.


Fraser Smith talks with Melissa Deckman, chair of the political science department, Washington College , about her forthcoming book, "Tea Party Women: Momma Grizzlies, Grass Roots Activists and the Changing Face of the American Right."


Fraser Smith and John Fritze of the Baltimore Sun's Washington Bureau, discuss Congresswoman Donna Edwards' complaints about reporters' word choices in covering the Baltimore unrest and the takeover of federal property in Oregon.


Senior News Analyst Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater, of the Baltimore Sun, talk about upcoming city elections and the possibility of large scale turnover on the City Council.


Senior News Analyst Fraser Smith and Mileah Kromer, head of the Goucher Poll, talk about Donald Trump's continuing strong poll numbers. Kromer concedes she was wrong in July.