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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Opinion
5:09 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Parking Garages, Rec Centers, Curfews: All Politics Is Still Local

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Parking Garages, Rec Centers, Curfews: All Politics Is Still Local

All things being equal, American cities wouldn’t be selling off cash-generating assets to meet basic demands.

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Politics
5:07 am
Wed July 30, 2014

How Proposed Medical Marijuana Regulations Might Affect Doctors

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How Proposed Medical Marijuana Regulations Might Affect Doctors

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Michael Dresser of the Baltimore Sun talk about Maryland's medical marijuana commission and why one important lawmaker is criticizing a few of its proposed regulations.

Baltimore
5:40 am
Mon July 28, 2014

With Stricter Curfew Set To Begin, Community Voices Concern

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With Stricter Curfew Set To Begin, Community Voices Concern

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Roberto Alejandro of the Afro talk about the stricter curfew law that will take effect in Baltimore on August 8th and the community's concerns about its implementation.

Baltimore
5:21 am
Fri July 25, 2014

How Baltimore Students Are Fighting Proposed Waste-To-Energy Plant

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How Baltimore Students Are Fighting Proposed Waste-To-Energy Plant

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Van Smith of the City Paper talk about a waste-to-energy incinerator proposed for Baltimore's Fairfield neighborhood, and why a group of high school students are getting some traction on a campaign to stop the project.

Opinion
5:15 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Beretta Should Reconsider Its Decision To Move

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Beretta Should Reconsider Its Decision To Move

Maryland’s new gun control law seems to be saving lives.

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