Jay Scott Smith

Journalist. Broadcaster. Storyteller

Philadelphia, PA

Jay Scott Smith

Award-Winning broadcaster, producer, reporter, and multimedia 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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Big crowds, hometown hero, loud boos give NFL Draft a distinctly Philly feel

**Winner of the Associated Press Media Editors 2017 Best Sports Feature Award**
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Striking Out: What's Gone Wrong For Baseball?

Last night’s All-Star game was a glut of power hitting and pitching: 10 homers, 25 strikeouts. But baseball is in a slump. Attendance is down, fans are older, millennials are staying away. What ails our national pastime?

Requiem of a Black Hulkamaniac

To make the public announcement that Hulk Hogan is 'back in the family' comes as a slap in the face to the legions of black fans who have made pro wrestling the cultural phenomenon that it is
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Miami Dolphins player says he plans to continue police brutality protest during national anthem

As the 2018 NFL season kicked off in earnest last weekend, a few players continued their silent protests of police brutality and systemic racism during the national anthem—undeterred by the complaints of Donald Trump. One of those men was Kenny Stills, a wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins. Link to Story

Forbes lists Serena Williams as world’s highest paid female athlete

It’s good to be Serena Williams. Even though she spent most of year adjusting to motherhood, Serena Williams is – according to Forbes — once again far and away the highest paid female athlete on Earth for the third straight year. Link to Story

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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WWE Bringing Back Hulk Hogan Is An Insult To Black Wrestling Fans

So, for WWE, which, like so many others in this country, has profiteered from and off of black culture–to welcome back a man who openly admitted on camera that he “is a racist” and is spitting out n-words like Migos bars, is insulting and another gut punch to so many black wrestling fans. With the political and social climate what it is, WWE needs to think long and hard before they go parading Terry Bollea’s ass back on their TV talking about “all is forgiven” because it damn sure isn’t.
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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. Link to Story

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. Link to Story

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. Link to Story

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

Feel free to connect with me with any interview requests or opportunities at



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  • 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