Biographical Brief – Curt Smith
Curt Smith is an acclaimed author, radio/television host, columnist, and former presidential speechwriter. Says NBC broadcaster Bob Costas: "Curt Smith stands up for the beauty of words." Adds former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, "I have admired his marvelously professional work."
Smith hosts the weekly syndicated "Perspectives" from Rochester, New York`s National Public Radio affiliate WXXI AM. The series, distributed to other NPR stations in New York State, features well-known local and national guests. Among Smith`s past guests are: Fred Barnes, Christine Brennan, George H. W. Bush, Tucker Carlson, Dick Enberg, Emeril Lagasse, Michelle Malkin, George Mitchell, Dan Rather, George Will, and John Zogby.
Smith also hosts the twice-weekly "Talking Point" on Rochester CBS-TV affiliate WROC, discussing issues from politics to education. He is a popular columnist for Upstate New York`s Messenger-Post Newspapers and Senior Lecturer of English at the University of Rochester, where he teaches Public Speaking and Presidential Rhetoric.
Smith is the author of ten books: What Baseball Means to Me, Voices of The Game, Storied Stadiums, Windows on the White House, Our House, Of Mikes and Men, Long Time Gone, A Fine Sense of the Ridiculous, America`s Dizzy Dean, and The Storytellers. He has written and coproduced prime-time ESPN-TV documentaries based on Voices of The Game - and helped write and research the ABC/ESPN "SportsCentury" documentary series.
Smith was a Gannett Company reporter, speechwriter to former Texas Governor John Connally, and The Saturday Evening Post senior editor before joining the Bush White House in 1989. He wrote more speeches than anyone for former president George Bush. Among them were the "Just War" Persian Gulf address; Nixon and Reagan Library dedication speeches; and address aboard the USS Missouri on the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.
Leaving the White House in 1993, he hosted a smash series at the Smithsonian Institute, based on Voices, before turning to radio and TV. From 1994-96 Smith hosted the popular "Midday Milwaukee" talk show on ABC radio affiliate WISN. In 1998, his radio commentary was voted "Best in New York State" by Associated Press and the New York State Broadcasters Association. He also hosted WROC-TV`s 2000-2002 program "Perfectly Clear" and co-hosted a 1997-2002 series on the Fox Empire Sports Network.
Smith has appeared on numerous local and network radio/TV programs. They include ABC`s "Nightline"; "CBS This Morning"; CNN, CNBC, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC-TV; ESPN-TV`s "SportsCenter" and "Up Close with Roy Firestone"; Armed Forces Radio, and the British Broadcasting Corporation. He has also written for publications including Newsweek, The New York Times, Reader`s Digest, Sports Illustrated, and The Washington Post.
Raised in Caledonia, New York, the 1973 SUNY at Geneseo graduate has been named among the "100 Outstanding Alumni" of New York`s State University System, is a member of the Judson Welliver Society of former White House Speechwriters, and lives with his wife Sarah and two children in Rochester.