Jay Scott Smith

Journalist. Broadcaster. Storyteller

Philadelphia, PA

Jay Scott Smith

Award-Winning broadcaster, producer, and print journalist.


Ryan Howard's Philadelphia legacy stretches further than the field

**Winner of the Associated Press Media Editors 2016 Best Sports Feature Award**
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Eagles' Chris Long gives up millions to help kids find better education

When the Eagles take the field against Washington tonight, defensive lineman Chris Long will be playing for free. The veteran lineman, and son of Pro Football hall-of-famer Howie Long, is donating this season’s entire salary to help kids in Philadelphia and elsewhere get a better education.
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Big crowds, hometown hero, loud boos give NFL Draft a distinctly Philly feel

It was the moment that Eagles fans had waited all day and into the night for Thursday. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who had been showered with boos the entire night, announced who the Birds were taking in the first round of the first Draft held in the city in almost 60 years. "With the 14th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select Derek Barnett.
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Local Rugby clubs bring summer camp to North Frankford kids

A group of local rugby clubs have spent this summer helping to spread the game to a new generation of kids in Northeast Philadelphia. Every Friday afternoon, at the Northeast Frankford Boys and Girls Club, a group of kids goes through the finer points of rugby, one of the world's toughest sports. "We're going to play tag, I promise, but we've gotta do some of the fundamentals first," Dave Codell, one of the camp's organizers, said to a group of happy youngsters.
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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. 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

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.
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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

Challenge Accepted: Disabled kids league celebrates 25 years

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. -- Paul Hooker has spent the last 25 years working to give disabled children the chance to experience something that every kid should have the opportunity to experience: the chance to simply be a kid.
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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

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.
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Lakewood High School wins $15,000 Jets/NFL Play 60 Contest

LAKEWOOD – Even though this has been a rough season for Gang Green, chants of “J-E-T-S” echoed through the cafeteria at Lakewood High School. Jets kicker Nick Folk presented the school with a $15,000 grand prize check after the school won the “Eat Right, Move More” contest on Tuesday. The contest is a part of the NFL’s Play 60 campaign and is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Dairy Association.
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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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