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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Environment
5:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

O'Malley Faces Tough Choice On Wind Turbines

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O'Malley Faces Tough Choice On Wind Turbines

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Erin Cox of the Baltimore Sun talk about how the controversy over a proposed wind farm in Somerset County is giving Governor O'Malley a difficult decision to make.

Opinion
5:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Justices' Lack Of Campaign Experience Shows

Justices' Lack Of Campaign Experience Shows

A student of the law and a member of the House of Delegates for more than 30 years says the Supreme Court has once again brushed aside the judgment of state legislators.

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Remembrances
11:04 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Local Man's Second Chance Dashed By Tragedy

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Local Man's Second Chance Dashed By Tragedy

John Henry Adams was psyched.  Beyond excited. He could feel a new life. In comments made for a WYPR news story, Adams was asked if he had any pressing problems. “As long as I’m free and God wakes me up every day I don’t have no problems. I’m a humble individual,” he said.

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Politics
5:17 am
Wed April 16, 2014

How Supreme Court Campaign Finance Decision May Affect Maryland

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How Supreme Court Campaign Finance Decision May Affect Maryland

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Todd Eberly of St. Mary's College talk about the recent Supreme Court decision that struck down aggregate campaign donation limits and how that might affect states like Maryland where one party is consistently dominant.

Crime
5:07 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Where Bail Review Stands, Post-General Assembly

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Where Bail Review Stands, Post-General Assembly

Negotiations over how to deal with a Court of Appeals decision mandating representation at all bail hearings went deep into this legislative session. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears of the Daily Record talk about the patchwork solution reached by state lawmakers.

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