Jay Scott Smith

Journalist. Broadcaster. Storyteller

Philadelphia, PA

Jay Scott Smith

Award-Winning broadcaster, producer, reporter, anchor, and multimedia journalist.


N.J. school leader under fire for post on Muslims

Calling it everything from "a lapse in judgment" to a simple accident, the vice president of a New Jersey township school board vehemently defended her character while apologizing for a controversial Facebook post during a school board meeting Tuesday night. "It was a comment that was a lapse in judgment," said Victoria Dean while fighting back tears during the meeting at Marlboro Middle School.
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Column: If you're black, 'Please be careful'

This is the first in a series of conversations on race. We would like to hear your stories. Email them to: I can't tell you how many times I've heard my mother say those words to me. Three words, four syllables, a multitude of meanings. As a 5-year-old in Detroit, it was often to warn me of the dangers of hurting myself playing with toys or walking down steps: "Please be careful."
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Feds: Neptune vet tried to join ISIS

NEPTUNE – Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, the Neptune man accused of attempting to join the terrorist group ISIS, long harbored ill feelings toward the United States and planned on "defending the Islamic State," according to the federal indictment made public Tuesday. "Born and raised in the United States, Pugh allegedly turned his back on his country and attempted to travel to Syria in order to join a terrorist organization," said Loretta Lynch, U.S.
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Challenge Accepted: Disabled kids league celebrates 25 years

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. -- Paul Hooker has spent the last 25 years working to give disabled children the chance to experience something that every kid should have the opportunity to experience: the chance to simply be a kid.
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Record cold doesn't stop Ocean Heights man from daily plunges (w/Video)

What started as a way for Doug Maday to keep summer going has morphed into a 365-day marathon with a bigger purpose. On Sept. 1, 2014, Maday, who owns TWA Car Rentals in Pine Beach, first stripped down to his swim trunks and took a dip in the Atlantic and he has done so every day since. "After Labor Day, this area just clears out," Maday, 50, said on Friday as he mentally prepared himself to make his 173rd straight plunge.
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Ocean County cops, Orthodox Jews bridge gap over bagels

LAKEWOOD – Imagine flagging down a police officer on the street and asking him or her to come to your home because you're having a problem. Now let's say that problem was that you needed a light switch flipped or an air conditioner turned on because your faith doesn't allow you to do that during your Sabbath.
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Jersey Shore celebrates Chinese New Year

In Chinese culture, the dragon symbolizes royalty, and is a sign of good luck and fortune. "We wanted to offer this to all of the students to show the diversity here," said Rob Donahoe, Red Bank's assistant principal and co-organizer of the program. "I like the way the students reacted to it." Jersey Shore Chinese School is a non-profit school of 320 students that operates out of Satz Middle School in Holmdel.
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Madonna House continues mission while fighting to stay alive

NEPTUNE – Rebecca Blonski has every reason to be worried, disheartened, even angry. Yet, every day, the founder of the religious nonprofit Madonna House in Neptune greets all with a smile and a "God bless you" and speaks openly of her goal to help needy children and families. However, after 27 years of helping needy residents, she is in danger of her life's mission ending due to foreclosure.
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Lakewood High School wins $15,000 Jets/NFL Play 60 Contest

LAKEWOOD – Even though this has been a rough season for Gang Green, chants of “J-E-T-S” echoed through the cafeteria at Lakewood High School. Jets kicker Nick Folk presented the school with a $15,000 grand prize check after the school won the “Eat Right, Move More” contest on Tuesday. The contest is a part of the NFL’s Play 60 campaign and is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Dairy Association.
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Jay Scott Smith

I am an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and producer with more than a decade of broadcast experience.

On the print side, I have had the honor of covering everything from a high school girl's soccer championship to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament to the World Series. Whether it is sports writing, news features, human interest, or sports features, I've done it over 20 years as a writer.

Along with hosting a top rated hip-hop show to start my career, I've made multiple media appearances including in Detroit on WCHB AM 1200, Boston's WBUR and frequent guest and host appearances on WDET Detroit Public Radio. I have also made national appearances on ESPN Radio, PRI's The Takeaway, and MSNBC.

My work has also appeared on NPR, TheGrio, Newsweek Magazine, Vibe Magazine, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Philadelphia Tribune, and the Daily Beast.

I also host my own podcast called JSC Radio that features opinions and interviews from some of the industry's biggest names.

Feel free to connect with me with any interview requests or opportunities at



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