Jay Scott Smith

Journalist. Broadcaster. Storyteller

Philadelphia, PA

Jay Scott Smith

Award-Winning broadcaster, producer, and print journalist.


Classmate of Romney, Obama recalls both men

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Just hours after President Obama came out in support of same-sex marriage during a nationally televised interview, his chief rival in the race for the White House was answering questions about an incident that occurred while he was in high school 47 years ago. Mitt Romney’s 1965 hair-cutting prank shed light on his upbringing, and the prep school where he spent his formative years. Link to Story

Despite inability to beat Serena, doping is what takes Sharapova off the top of money list

PHILADELPHIA – Serena Williams has won 21 major tennis championships, an Olympic Gold medal, and is coming off of a year where she came within a hair of sweeping tennis’s Grand Slam. She was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year, beating out former UFC champion Ronda Rousey and NBA MVP Steph Curry. Link to Story

All is Forgiven: LeBron lifts Cleveland, young black men to new heights

As the final seconds ticked off the clock at Oracle Arena in Oakland, and we watched Golden State Warriors’ forward Mareese Speights chuck one last failed three-pointer, LeBron James and all of northeast Ohio were finally able to exhale. James, the Akron-born savior of the Cleveland Cavaliers, was rushed by teammates Kevin Love and J.R. Smith under the basket as tears started streaming down his face, releasing the emotions pent up inside of everyone in Cleveland after more than a half-century of failure. No one could have imagined this in back 2010. Link to Story

Number of African-American MLB players reaches historic low

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This past Sunday, Major League Baseball celebrated the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s breaking of baseball’s color barrier. Robinson’s entry and subsequent Hall-of-Fame career opened the door for scores of legendary African-American baseball stars — but in the last 30 years, the percentage of black players in the league has plummeted. Link to Story

For Detroit, 1967 riots continue to cast long shadow

DETROIT – On July 23, 1967, an early-morning police raid of an after-hours club on 12th Street & Clairmount set off what was, at the time, the most destructive American riot of the 20th Century. Today, 45 years later, the 1967 Riots are seen as more than four days of destruction and mayhem; it became the seminal moment of the last half-century for Detroit. Link to Story

Detroit Mayor Bing accepts city’s challenges, dismisses detractors

DETROIT – For Dave Bing, a pro basketball hall of famer and successful business owner, his time as Detroit’s mayor has been as tumultuous as any since the early days of the man whom city hall is named after: Coleman A. Since taking over as mayor in 2009, Bing has dealt with the arduous task of pulling the city out of years of governmental and financial mismanagement, making many unpopular moves in the process. Link to Story

Is Lansing the interracial love capital of America?

LANSING, Mich. – In America in 2011, the idea of being “biracial’ has taken on a new meaning. The city that may be the best example of this new racial identity is Lansing, which has the highest percentage of blacks who identify with different races. “It is very common to see interracial couples here in Lansing,” said Beth Brokaw, a 28-year-old Lansing native. Link to Story

Chicago churches unite to honor kids lost to violence

CHICAGO – The 264 names read like the role at a commencement ceremony. Brothers and sisters, cousins and close friends, black, white, and Latino, one by one they were read, except the names were not those of honor students and graduates. They were the names of victims. Since the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year in Chicago, the country’s third-largest city, 264 children age 18 and under have been killed by violence. Link to Story

Chicago residents reeling from Jesse Jackson Jr. ‘mood disorder’ fallout

Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) talks to constituents following a town hall meeting on health care reform at the Sheldon Heights Church of Christ August 18, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. CHICAGO – Wednesday’s disclosure that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is being treated for an undisclosed “mood disorder” left numerous unanswered questions for his constituents in Chicago. Link to Story

Chicago activists highlight housing segregation in city

CHICAGO – A recent study by the Manhattan Institute examined the racial makeup of American neighborhoods and proclaimed the decline in segregation nationwide. For two housing advocates in Chicago, this study could not have been further from the truth. This came as news to Morgan Davis and Patricia Fron, who each deal with housing segregation issues in Chicago. Link to Story

Community groups offer ‘safe havens’ for kids during Chicago teachers strike

Chicago Public School children use the computers at Woodson Regional Library on September 10, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The library is one of 78 public libraries in the city that are serving as 'safe havens' for students who are not in school because of the teachers strike. More than 26,000 teachers and support staff hit the picket lines this morning after the Chicago Teachers Union failed to reach an agreement with the city on compensation, benefits and job security. Link to Story

Detroit Tigers' Quintin Berry sudden rise a story of persevereance

DETROIT – His 2012 season started the way it had every season since 2006: in the Minor Leagues, this time in Toledo, the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Little did Quintin Berry know in April that three months later, he would become the X-factor for a team that is fighting to win its first World Series in 28 years. Link to Story


Jay Scott Smith

What's Up Y'all. My name is Jay Scott Smith. I'm an award-winning broadcaster, producer, and journalist currently living in Philadelphia.

I'm a native of Detroit, MI and began my professional career as a radio broadcaster in 2005. Overall, I have 12 years experience as a journalist, broadcaster, podcaster, producer, voice over artist, and audio production specialist.

I'm a proud alumnus of Michigan State University (Go Green!) and I received my Master's Degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. I'm also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. as well as the National Association of Black Journalists.

I have written and produced sports, business, political, and human interest pieces for a number of publications and media outlets including The Detroit News, Newsweek Magazine,, and The Daily Beast.

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



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