Jay Scott Smith

Journalist. Broadcaster. Storyteller

Philadelphia, PA

Jay Scott Smith

Award-Winning broadcaster, producer, and print journalist who covers sports, political, and human interest .


For minority communities, Trump's election reopens old wounds caused by bigotry

On a mild Tuesday night eight years and one week ago, I took a road trip from Detroit to Chicago. I was a 29-year-old graduate student who had just voted that morning in Michigan. I wanted to witness history, so I figured why not go for it. I drove three and a half hours, got a hotel room, and headed to Grant Park.
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For the son of a black cop, trauma has more than one side

Last week's trifecta of tragedy — the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile followed by the senseless massacre of five Dallas Police officers — once again left me with that sinking, sick reminder that only fate and timing have kept me from the pain, anger, rage, and grief that comes in moments like this.
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What happened in Flint could happen anywhere

It's the type of thing you often associate with an impoverished, third-world nation, not a country that boasts loudly that it is the "Greatest Nation in the World." Flint's water crisis, which exposed the city's nearly 100,000 residents to lead poisoning, was brought about by a malignant combination of arrogance, apathy, negligence, and incompetence.
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Bucks County based ZeroWater donating thousands of filters to Flint (w/Audio)

Clean water running out of a faucet is something that we often take for granted. For people living in Flint, Michigan, turning on the tap has been a nightmare for more than two years. As the city continues to search for answers to fix the crisis which has seen dangerous levels of lead cripple its water supply, help has been flowing in from all over the country.
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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.
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Jay Scott Smith

Jay Scott Smith is an award-winning broadcaster, producer, and journalist currently working 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, 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 the Motor City. I'm also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. as well as the National Association of Black Journalists.

I received my Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University and my Master's from Wayne State University in Detroit. 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,, The Daily Beast, and

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  • Human Interest
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  • Breaking News
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  • Audio Editing
  • Editing
  • Multimedia
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Radio
  • Journalism
  • Long Form Features
  • Blogs
  • Sports Writing
  • Voiceover
  • Public Speaking