Fraser Smith's Commentary

Mayor's race got you down?

Mar 3, 2016


WYPR's senior news analyst has some advice for those of you frustrated with media coverage of the Baltimore mayor's race.

End Of The Good Feelings

Feb 25, 2016


WYPR's senior news analyst comments on the souring relationship between Gov. Larry Hogan and the Democrats in the General Assembly. It's an irrevocable end to a short-lived era of good feelings.

What Would The Bard of Baltimore Say?

Feb 11, 2016


WYPR's senior news analyst looks at today's politics through the lens of former Sun columnist H. L. Mencken.

Of Governors, Lawmakers and Horse Trading

Jan 28, 2016

WYPR's senior news analyst focuses on Larry Hogan's governing style, budgets and the inevitable Annapolis horse trading.

Worry About The World? Or Get Away From It All?

Nov 19, 2015


WYPR's senior news analyst takes a walk in the woods and thinks about the dangers refugees face on their journeys.

Smith: The Case For Marital Give And Take

Oct 29, 2015

WYPR's senior news analyst says Councilman Nick Mosby's entrance into Baltimore's crowded mayoral race creates the potential for conflicts of interest with his wife, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

Smith: Johns Hopkins Steps Up

Oct 1, 2015


WYPR's senior news analyst says the city's biggest employer offers the city's neediest neighborhoods a hand up.

Smith: Who Wants To Be Baltimore's Mayor?

Sep 10, 2015

WYPR's Senior News Analyst wonders what it takes to be the mayor of Baltimore.    

Smith: The Good Reasons For Banning Racial Profiling

Aug 27, 2015


Here’s the other good reason for banning racial and other profiling. Atty. Gen. Brian Frosh reminds us that profiling is counterproductive.

As a child, Dr. Keiffer Mitchell watched as his famous father – Clarence Mitchell, Jr. – confronted opponents of school desegregation.

A fourth grader, when the famous Brown vs. Board of Education decision came down, he never forgot the image of his father’s witness for equality in America – and for his son.

As a recent graduate of Lincoln University, his father – Clarence Mitchell Jr. -- got a job reporting for the Afro American newspaper. One of his first assignments was the lynching of George Armwood in 1933.