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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WYPR's Fraser Smith and Andy Green of the Baltimore Sun talk about how and why Governor O'Malley and the state legislature interceded in Towson University's plan to cut its men's baseball and soccer teams.

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After a week of intense debate over gun control, the mood in Annapolis lifted considerably today as the overriding concern seemed to be getting to the Orioles’ season-opener this afternoon.  But a fair amount of work is also underway. 

WYPR's Fraser Smith and John Fritze of the Baltimore Sun talk about gun control efforts here, in other states, and in Washington, DC.

Everyone won’t agree with the methods or the goals, but Maryland finds itself leading often on progressive solutions to pressing national problems. 

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Jay Hancock of Kaiser Health News talk about Maryland's request to further control increases in the rates that health care providers can charge.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Melody Simmons of the Daily Record talk about the property tax break request from Harbor Point Development Group.

Fraser Smith / WYPR

The singer and writer Paul Simon says the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls.  But he leaves out the message boards outside churches. Probably just an oversight. A big oversight, though, because these relatively discreet public message boards offer concise versions of the words available every Sunday – Easter Sunday especially – inside the church.

Read the full transcript here.