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Stephen Drury Smith

Stephen Smith is a veteran broadcast journalist and editor. He is the co-founder of APM Reports (formerly American RadioWorks), the longest-running documentary unit in public radio. He was an early pioneer in podcast production and digital storytelling. Stephen has deep experience leading reporting teams and overseeing complex projects. He is an expert in fundraising, creating institutional collaborations, developing distribution and marketing partnerships, and guiding publicity outreach.

Stephen has reported from five continents for a variety of networks, including National Public Radio, American Public Media, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He has covered a wide range of issues, including human rights, education, American race relations, science and health, and American history. He has produced more than 60 documentary and podcast projects.

Smith is the winner of the prestigious DuPont-Columbia University Gold and Silver Batons. He has also won awards from the Overseas Press Club, Investigative Reporters and Editors, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Edward R. Murrow, Society of Professional Journalists, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Third Coast, and Scripps-Howard.

He has conducted professional workshops on writing for radio and field recording at public radio stations across the U.S., in Europe, and South Africa. Stephen has also taught college-level courses on narrative journalism.

He has edited or co-edited five books and anthologies on American History.

Smith holds a BA in English from Macalester College, and an MA in the Humanities (African American literature) from the University of Chicago, where he was a William Benton Fellow. Smith lives outside Boston, MA.