Stephen D. Smith ’82

2002 Distinguished Citizen Award

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Stephen Smith ’82 changes the world by evoking the humanity of those in the news and revealing their reality to millions through his award-winning radio and online documentaries. He is managing editor & correspondent for American RadioWorks, a documentary project of Minnesota Public Radio, and NPR News. In 2000, he won broadcast journalism’s most prestigious honor, the duPont-Columbia University Gold Baton, for "Massacre at Cuska: Anatomy of a War Crime," an investigation of atrocities committed against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, co-produced with colleague Michael Montgomery ’86. Smith’s documentaries have garnered more that two dozen first-place national awards, including the Edward R. Murrow, the Overseas Press Club and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

An English major with an M.A. in humanities earned as a William Benton Fellow at the University of Chicago, Smith tells a compelling story whether the subject is war crimes, the Jim Crow years in the United States, or the public health crisis of mental illness. You might hear these stories on "All Things Considered," encounter them online, or attend one of the multi-media presentations Smith presents in venues from Macalester College to the Studio Museum in Harlem to the United States Senate.

Distinguished Citizen Kathleen Osborne Vellenga ’59 wrote: "Stephen Smith has contributed greatly and certainly in a distinguished manner to the understanding of complex issues through journalism."

Smith and classmate Anne Bushnell ’82 have two children.