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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Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the Democratic nominee for governor, has declared that he would not raise taxes if elected governor. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears of the Daily Record talk about how that might put Brown in a difficult political position if voters choose him in November.

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Although Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan has tried to avoid a debate on social issues, Democratic nominee Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has been hammering him on gun control this week. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about what, if anything, the controversy reveals.

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Martin O’Malley surely gets glowing introductions as he tours presidential testing sites. Good for him that Maryland’s not on his list. For a governor who helped guide Maryland through the Great Recession with minimal damage, his standing among this state’s voters is less than anemic.

He takes solid story with him on the road:

A record of sound fiscal management. One of the best public school systems in the nation. An array of social issue triumphs from gay marriage to gun control and repeal of the death penalty.

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U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is considered to be a front-runner to replace Attorney General Eric Holder. WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to the Baltimore Sun's John Fritze about Perez' close relationship with President Obama and why the Marylander would be a controversial nominee.

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On Sunday, the Baltimore Sun released a poll showing Republican gubernatorial nominee trailing Democratic nominee Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown by seven points. The Sun's editorial page editor Andy Green breaks down the numbers with WYPR's Fraser Smith. They also talk about why taxes are a big, but complex, election issue.

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Election day is less than four weeks away and there are signs that the race between Democratic nominee Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Republican nominee Larry Hogan is closer than many expected.

Tom Chalkley

Baltimore County may once again be Maryland’s swing district: Republican in one cycle, Democratic in the next.

Right now, in the race for governor, Republican Larry Hogan leads Democrat Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown by a slim margin in the county. That’s according to a Washington Post poll published Monday. Democratic leaders and campaign door-knockers find considerable antipathy to Governor Martin O’Malley in the county. And Lt. Gov. Brown is being effectively portrayed as O’Malley 2.0.

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On Tuesday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts released a plan to reform the police department in the wake of a Baltimore Sun investigation into alleged police brutality. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Mark Puente of The Sun talk about the plan, an announced federal investigation and resistance from the local branch of the Fraternal Order of Police.

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Last week the Montgomery County Council passed a law that establishes partial public financing of county elections. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Bill Turque of the Washington Post talk about the impetus behind the law and what effects it might have on citizen participation in local elections.

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Stories of alleged police brutality have drawn recent headlines both in Baltimore and nationally. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Donn Worgs of Towson University talk about why the problem is so persistent and what the political establishment needs to do to rebuild trust between the citizenry and the police.