Jay Scott Smith

Journalist. Broadcaster. Storyteller

Philadelphia, PA

Jay Scott Smith

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


Westwood football bounces back with dominant effort against Mahwah (VIDEOS)

After suffering their worst loss of the season in its last game two weeks ago, Westwood answered with its most complete game of the season, dominating Mahwah 20-6 on Friday night in Washington Township. Mahwah leads the all-time series 7-5, but Westwood has won the last three meetings. After losing to Lakeland 42-8, Westwood came off its bye week and struck first against the rival Thunderbirds.
NJ Advance Media Link to Story

MSU homecoming: ESPN2's Jemele Hill brings 'Numbers Never Lie' to East Lansing, leads parade today

Jemele Hill, a Detroit native and Michigan State graduate, will be the Grand Marshal of MSU's Homecoming Parade on Friday evening and will co-host a live edition of ESPN2's Numbers Never Lie on Friday afternoon (Joe Faraoni/ESPN) EAST LANSING – This weekend, Spartans from all over the country will converge on the Michigan State University campus for Homecoming, which will include the Spartans facing Wyoming, a number of parties and tailgates, and – of course – the annual Homecoming Parade tonight.
Advance Newspapers Link to Story

Michigan State documentary 'InsideOut' gives real-life perspective into student experience

EAST LANSING – This is the true story of nine Michigan State University students picked to have a semester of their lives documented to find out what happens when classes begin, and things start getting turned InsideOut. "It's hard to really understand fully the nuances of being in a research university," MSU President Lou Anna Simon said, adding that there should be a separate documentary done on the students who helped film and produce it.
Advance Newspapers Link to Story

Lansing immigration protest: Amid angry speech, 4 moments of civility

LANSING – While Friday's immigration protest was marked by three arrests and angry words screamed through megaphones, there were also moments of civility between the two sides. One side wants to provide a haven for Central American children fleeing violence and poverty, while the other wants to stem illegal immigration.
Advance Newspapers Link to Story

Grieving Lansing mother says 'somebody knows something' about weekend shooting of her son

LANSING – A grieving mother called out to the city of Lansing to help find the person who killed her son in a late night shooting last weekend – one of eight shootings in the city in the last seven days. Richard Anthony Pruitt, 17, was taken off life support shortly after midnight last night, after being shot in his home around 3:30 a.m. last Saturday morning.
Advance Newspapers Link to Story

Keys to the Game: Lansing Catholic's Palmer punishes Portland for 145 yards, 3 TDs in 34-6 rout

What looked like it was set to be a battle of CAAC heavyweights quickly turned into a rout Friday night as Lansing Catholic's Tony Palmer ran roughshod over the Portland defense to the tune of 145 and three touchdowns in a 34-6 victory. Coming into the game, the Tony everyone was talking about was not Palmer, but 6'7" quarterback Tony Poljan who has been spectacular in Lansing Catholic's first two victories.
Advance Newspapers Link to Story

Michigan Honors: Documenting the horrors, highlights of military service through scrapbooking

This story is one in an occasional MLive series on WWII veterans. We hope to document every living WWII veteran in Michigan. Check out our database. DELTA TOWNSHIP – At 92, Jim Woodruff spends his days the way many people half of his age do: sitting in front of his computer in his basement, searching Google, and looking up obscure information.
Advance Newspapers Link to Story

Michigan Honors: East Lansing WWII veteran, injured in Italy, kissed ground upon return to U.S.

Army Sgt. Charles Zanger served from 1941-1945 during World War II. Zanger, 94, recalled being drafted into the military, the injury that resulted in his Purple Heart, and his thoughts on military service (Jay Scott Smith | Editor's note: This is one of several profiles today on WWII veterans around the state, as part of MLive's "Michigan Honors" project.
Advance Newspapers Link to Story

Detroit-area Muslims search for answers, understanding in light of Boston Bombings

DEARBORN, MI – When it was revealed that the two primary suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were Muslim, many of the wounds opened by 9/11 became fresh again for Arab-Americans and Muslims across the country. In Dearborn, the terror attacks were resoundingly denounced and met with anger as local Arab and Muslim leaders had to defend themselves and their faith in the aftermath of the attacks.
Advance Newspapers Link to Story

East Lansing High School graduate starts fundraiser to help pay for vandalism cleanup

EAST LANSING – Patrick Mullan was outraged early June 6 when he saw the school from which he graduated just six days earlier, East Lansing High School, had been vandalized by students claiming to represent his departing senior class. "In our class, we have seven people who are national merit finalists; over 40 people with a 3.9 GPA.
Advance Newspapers Link to Story

Michigan State rape suspect has criminal history filled with drugs, second chances and bad decisions

CORUNNA, Mich. – His court file is a seemingly endless loop of misdeeds, poor decisions, and failed second chances. For Oswald Scott Wilder, Jr., his life of crime has been a long and winding one that started 15 years ago. Wilder, 26, is currently awaiting a Sept. 24 pretrial hearing for allegedly sexually assaulting three female Michigan State University students near the MSU campus between April 20 and May 16.
Advance Newspapers Link to Story

Police report: Michigan State rape suspect stalked victims at East Lansing Meijer store

EAST LANSING – Oswald Scott Wilder Jr., the suspect in sexual assaults of three Michigan State University students, allegedly stalked two of his victims at a Meijer store, according to an East Lansing Police report. Wilder, 26, faces a preliminary hearing in the assaults, which occurred between April 20 and May 16, on Tuesday.
Advance Newspapers Link to Story


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



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