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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Being black and Muslim in the age of Trump

Muhammad Ali Jr., the Philadelphia-born son of the late legendary fighter, was detained in a Florida airport and allegedly questioned about his religion and the origin of his name. "The immigration guy came over to me and he was like, 'Can I see you for a minute?' I said yeah. No problem," Ali told CNN last week.
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Philadelphia teachers' Black Lives Matter week stirs inspiration amid controversy

For Charlie McGeehan, it was a move inspired by a group of teachers on the other side of the country.
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Players, fans confident ‘underdog’ Eagles will fly higher than Falcons

Despite a 13-and-3 record and being the No. 1 seed overall in the NFC, the loss of quarterback Carson Wentz has left the Eagles in a familiar spot: The Underdog. Going into Saturday’s divisional playoff game against the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons, the Eagles have been installed as underdogs — the first time a No. 1 seed has been an underdog in a divisional game.
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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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Philly Councilwoman Helen Gym unflinching in calls to remove Rizzo statue

Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym doesn't mince words when she describes how she feels about Frank Rizzo. After the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Gym on Monday morning sent these tweets about the statue honoring the late police commissioner and mayor who was known for sometimes brutal treatment of the black and gay communities.
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South Jersey teen's love of science leads him to build nuclear his basement

At the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, not far from the campus of the Ivy League university, physicist and Princeton professor Andrew Zwicker recently showed Steven Udotong a professional version of the project the youth is working on at home. "It is," Zwicker answered, moving a lever on the metal machine in the lobby of the building.
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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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Former Phillies slugger Jim Thome voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

The Baseball Hall of Fame will induct six new members this summer, including one Phillies fan favorite. Jim Thome, who spent parts of four seasons with the Phillies from 2003 to 2005 and again in 2012, was selected in his first year of eligibility appearing on nearly 90 percent of the ballots cast.
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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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Service industry, Fast Food workers Fight for 15 in Philadelphia

As a pre-dawn light rain fell on North Philly, dozens of fast food and home health care workers stood their ground outside of the McDonald's 2nd Street & Lehigh Ave. this morning demanding a higher living wage and better benefits. The protest was a part of the nationwide "Fight for 15" protests that are being held from coast to coast, including in New York, Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
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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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