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Jay Scott Smith

Journalist. Broadcaster. Storyteller

Philadelphia, PA

Jay Scott Smith

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

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Protests continue at Philly Starbucks following arrest of two Black men

Four days after a viral video of two Black men being arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks touched off national outrage – and heavy damage control by the coffee giant – activists once again took over the establishment and angrily made their voices heard with a list of demands. “Enough is enough,” shouted Rev.
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NRA suggests ‘Waffle House’ hero should have used gun, despite apparently not needing one

One of the key talking points that the National Rifle Association and other opponents of gun reform trot out regularly is “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Well, no one told James Shaw Jr. this.
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Fans wonder whether LeBron’s injured hand cost the Cavs a championship

As the Golden State Warriors celebrated their second straight NBA Championship, and third title in four years, late on Friday night, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James made a startling revelation during the post game press conference.
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5 Things Howard University Must Do Next

Howard University continues to pick up the pieces after a after a whistleblower’s bombshell blog post exposed six Howard University employees who allegedly stole more than $1 million from the university. The fallout has led to a public relations nightmare for the world-renowned HBCU, protests by angry students, numerous questions from alumni and donors, and a social media field day as one of the biggest offenders became a hashtag on Twitter and the butt of jokes on late night TV.
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Steph Curry inks multiyear deal with Sony

The company will develop and produce film and television projects with a focus on family, faith, and sports. It will also extend to opportunities in partnerships, electronics, gaming, and virtual reality.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo gets unexpected guidance from Kevin Durant

With his combination of speed, agility, and power, one player that the “Greek Freak” is often compared to is Kevin Durant. Durant, the reigning NBA Finals MVP and the 2014 League MVP, also spent a majority of his career playing in a small market — spending nearly a decade in Oklahoma City after one season in Seattle.
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Sloane Stephens stalls out in French Open Final finishes second

Sloane Stephens appeared on the verge of winning her second straight Grand Slam tournament before Romanian Simona Halep stormed back to win Saturday’s French Open final, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Stephens, the 10th seed who won last year’s U.S. Open, had never advanced past the preliminary rounds at Roland Garros. She rolled into the Final with consecutive straight set victories over Russia’s Daria Kasatkina and fellow American Madison Keys.
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Could Seattle really have a spot open for Colin Kaepernick? Coach throws hints

Colin Kaepernick has not played a down in the NFL since 2016. Countless teams have avoided Kaepernick, opting to sign lesser-talented journeymen, or even retired players rather than the one-time Super Bowl quarterback due to his social activism.
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Meek Mill released from prison

Rapper Meek Mill, who has been jailed following multiple probation violations, has been ordered released from prison. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered his release, overruling Philadelphia Judge Genece Brinkley who, throughout the case, had faced frequent – and unfounded – claims of bias and requests to recuse herself.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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About

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, Huffington Post, Newsweek Magazine, and the Daily Beast.

Feel free to connect with me with any interview requests or opportunities at JayScottSmith@outlook.com

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Skills

  • Television
  • Video
  • Public Radio
  • Radio
  • Audio Production
  • Copy Editing
  • Human Interest
  • Adobe Audition
  • Social Media
  • Breaking News
  • News Writing
  • Audio Editing
  • Editing
  • Multimedia
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Radio
  • Journalism
  • Long Form Features
  • Blogs
  • Sports Writing
  • Voiceover
  • Public Speaking