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

WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to The Baltimore Sun's Mark Puente about all things police: the police officer's bill of rights before the General Assembly, police body cameras, and a recent court case that involved a man held for two years under a falsely reported search warrant and a lawsuit against the city police department.

IMP: Maryland's Redistricting Conundrums

Feb 23, 2015

Fraser Smith and Todd Eberly discuss the possibility of more redistricting in Maryland. Will the state's new Republican governor - and the new Republicans in office - initiate more gerrymandering?  Will the people choose their representatives or will the representatives get to choose their constituents? 

Liz Bowie, education reporter for The Baltimore Sun, joins WYPR's Fraser Smith to discuss BCPSS's mounting deficit.  If Governor Hogan's budget is approved, the city school system would face nearly 10 million deficit.  Fraser and Liz add up the circumstances that lead the school system to this point.

Tom Chaulkey

Stewart is the Nick Markakis of Baltimore’s water leak busters – the class of the crews now braving wind and single-digits to get porous pipes repaired. Right fielder Markakis left the Orioles, but we remember what a great professional he was, rain or shine.

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Sen. Bobby Zirkin, D-Baltimore County, introduced legislation last year to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Western Maryland but that bill died in committee. This year, Zirkin introduced a different bill that will go through the committee he chairs that would set extremely tough liability standards on gas drillers.

The rules, fracking advocates say, would be so onerous that they would drilling from ever coming to the state. 

The Daily Record's Bryan Sears tells WYPR's Fraser Smith about the senator's response.

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Gov. Larry Hogan's proposed budget for fiscal year 2016, which starts in July, calls for some $35 million less coming the state to Baltimore City's public schools than anticipated. The Baltimore Sun's Luke Broadwater looked into the numbers and found that 40 percent of the cuts -- $14 million worth -- is tied to new downtown development that makes the city appear wealthier than it was last year.

Fraser Smith and WYPR's Christopher Connelly untangle the details behind Governor Hogan's budget proposal to both increase and cut the state's education funding.  

Fraser Smith and WYPR's Karen Hosler discuss the promising  legislation put forward by Rep. John Delaney (D) from Maryland's sixth district.   The proposal would use corporate tax money - usually hidden over seas - to finance improvements to the nation's  infrastructure.   

Tom Chaulkey

The gloves came off in Annapolis yesterday. In his first state of the state address, Republican Governor Larry Hogan gave a dour assessment:

“Our state is not as strong as it could or should be. Too many Marylanders are struggling just to get by,” he said. As many as half of Marylanders want to leave the state, he said.

The status quo, he said, cannot be accepted. 

On the stump candidates can launch broadsides without fear of return fire. Not so in a roomful of most Democratic politicians.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and John Lee discuss the work - and the money - that is going into the most valuable piece of real estate in Baltimore County, Sparrows Point.