Jay Scott Smith

Journalist. Broadcaster. Storyteller

Philadelphia, PA

Jay Scott Smith

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


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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Family of MSU student murdered by Conner McCowan describe how they got the horrible news

This is the first in a two-part series on MLive's exclusive interview with the family of Andrew Singler, murdered by Conner McCowan earlier this year. The second installment is here. ROCHESTER, Mich. – Janis Singler is still trying to make sense of how her 23-year-old son Andrew, who had only been in one fight in his life, ended up dead after an altercation with Conner McCowan during the early morning hours of Feb. 23, 2013.
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Andrew Singler's family angered by Conner McCowan's mom asking for empathy

This is the second of a two-part series on MLive's exclusive interview with the family of Andrew Singler, speaking for the first time since he was murdered by Conner McCowan on Feb. 23, 2013. Read the first installment here. ROCHESTER, Mich. - Andrew Singler's family takes no pleasure in the murder conviction of Conner McCowan.
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Was Connor McCowan 'a sensitive kid' or 'aggressor' in MSU student's death? Case goes to jury

LANSING – Deliberations have begun in the murder trial of Connor McCowan. A jury of six men and six women began deliberations around 2:30 p.m. today and will reconvene Tuesday morning. During closing arguments on Monday, the two sides presented vastly different pictures of the young man accused of murdering 23-year-old Michigan State Student Andrew Singler on Feb. 23.
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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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