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 John Fritze, of the Baltimore Sun's Washington Bureau, discuss potential changes in the gun control debate now that the GOP's presumptive nominee has veered from party orthodoxy.

Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears, who covers the state house for the Daily Record, talk about Governor Larry Hogan's recent vetoes and the prospects that the General Assembly will override them next year.  

    

Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater, of the Baltimore Sun's City Hall bureau, talk about the possibility of a city government shutdown if city council members don't get what they want.

    

Fraser Smith and Adam Bednar, of the Daily Record, talk about how residents of South Baltimore communities feel about the proposed Under Armour development at Port Covington.

University of Maryland Medical Center

When neighborhood leaders convinced the big university hospital nearby to join them in a community improvement project, no one thought that would lead to a role in reform of the nation’s health care system. Four years later, though, the Southwest Baltimore Partnership finds itself immersed in a program necessitated by the Affordable Care Act – aka Obamacare.

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.   

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