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 Lou Peck, a contributing editor at Bethesda Magazine, handicap the field of candidates to fill the Congressional slot of Chris Van Hollen, who is running for Senate.

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Here’s the other good reason for banning racial and other profiling. Atty. Gen. Brian Frosh reminds us that profiling is counterproductive.

Fraser Smith and Mileah Kromer, of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College, discuss the latest polling from Iowa and what that means for Governor Martin O'Malley's presidential chances.

    Fraser Smith and Todd Eberly, of St. Mary's College political science department, discuss former Governor Martin O'Malley's chances in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.


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As a child, Dr. Keiffer Mitchell watched as his famous father – Clarence Mitchell, Jr. – confronted opponents of school desegregation.

A fourth grader, when the famous Brown vs. Board of Education decision came down, he never forgot the image of his father’s witness for equality in America – and for his son.

As a recent graduate of Lincoln University, his father – Clarence Mitchell Jr. -- got a job reporting for the Afro American newspaper. One of his first assignments was the lynching of George Armwood in 1933.

Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater, of the Baltimore Sun, discuss potential challengers to incumbent Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and former Mayor Sheila Dixon in next year's election.

 Fraser Smith and John Fritze, of the Baltimore Sun's Washington Bureau, discuss the pressure on Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin to oppose, or approve, the Iran nuclear deal.     

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Those Democrats. Were they really expecting a Hogan Administration vision for transit? If so, shame on them.

Beyond buses, it's clear the Hogan team has no vision. There was no suggestion of anything at all beyond buses. Couldn’t be clearer.

First the governor killed the Red Line. He suggested nothing in its place. Then he parceled out the Red Line savings to parts of the state that voted for him. This week the Administration hosted Democratic leaders at what they apparently thought would be a Red Line replacement meeting. Did they really? Wrong.


Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler, of the WYPR reporting team, discuss Governor Larry Hogan's plan for a redistricting commission for Maryland and Congressman Chris Van Hollen's effort to create one nationally.

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Baltimore may set a series of homicide records this year. Charm City is beginning to look like murder city.

So what does States Attorney Marilyn Mosby do? She refuses to cooperate with a commission searching for answers. And she accuses Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of wasting money in the effort to find answers to the crisis.

While she was at it, Mosby says the well-regarded Bloomberg School violence researcher, Daniel Webster, heads the mayor’s commission for the money.