Curt Smith is an author, columnist, radio talk host, and Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Rochester. He wrote more speeches than anyone for former President George H.W. Bush. The New York Times terms his work "the high point of Bush familial eloquence." Adds USA Today: "He shows that writing can be art."
Smith hosts the National Public Radio affiliate series Perspectives. He is a columnist for Gatehouse Media, Jewish World Review's PoliticalMavens.com, and Major League Baseball's official web site MLBlog.com; analyzes politics for Rochester, New York's CBS and TIME- Warner TV outlets; and is a frequent panelist on radio's syndicated Beyond the Beltway. At the University of Rochester he teaches Public Speaking and Presidential Rhetoric.
Raised in Upstate New York, Smith was a Gannett reporter, The Saturday Evening Post senior editor, and Reagan Administration speechwriter before joining the Bush White House in 1989. Among his speeches for the 41st President were: "Just War" Persian Gulf address; Nixon and Reagan Libraries dedication; Margaret Thatcher Medal of Freedom; and speech abroad the USS Missouri on Pearl Harbor's 50th anniversary, praised by, among others, ABC TV's Nightline. He also wrote Bush's moving 2004 eulogy to Ronald Reagan at Washington's National Cathedral.
Leaving the White House in 1993, Smith wrote and co-produced prime-time Voices of The Game ESPN TV documentaries, helped write ABC/ESPN's SportsCentury series, hosted Smithsonian Institution and XM Satellite Radio Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum series, and keynoted events like the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture. Associated Press has voted his NPR affiliate commentary "Best in New York State."
Smith's 13 books are The Voice: Mel Allen's Untold Story, Voices of Summer, What Baseball Means To Me, Storied Stadiums, Our House, Windows on the White House, Of Mikes and Men, The Storytellers, A Fine Sense of the Ridiculous, Voices of The Game, Long Time Gone, America's Dizzy Dean, and most recently, Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story. "Smith is as nimble and creative with the written word as Scully is with the spoken one," wrote BookList. Since 2009, he has also written book essays on the 32 greatest Presidential speeches and 32 greatest TV/film Presidential portrayals.
Smith has written for, among others, American Enterprise Magazine, Boston Globe, Newsweek, New York Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, Reader's Digest, Sports Illustrated, and Washington Post. Articles on him have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, The Sporting News, USA Today, and Washington Post.
Smith has appeared on numerous network radio/TV programs, including ABC's Nightline; Armed Forces Radio; British Broadcasting Corporation; CBS [TV] This Morning and CBS Radio; CNN Radio and TV; CNBC-TV; ESPN TV SportsCenter; Fox Radio and TV News Channel; MSNBC-TV; Mutual Radio with Larry King and Jim Bohannon; Radio America; and The Sporting News Radio.
The State University of New York at Geneseo undergraduate has been named among the "100 Outstanding Alumni" of New York's SUNY system. He is a member of the Judson Welliver Society of former White House speechwriters; Baseball Hall of Fame Ford Frick Award broadcast committee; and Museum of Broadcast Communications and National Radio Hall of Fame committee, originating its Franklin D. Roosevelt Award in Political Communication.
In 2009, Smith, famed pollster John Zogby, and former and now deceased NBA legend Manute Bol began raising funds to build 41 schools for children in Bol's native war-torn Sudan. Smith joined the University of Rochester faculty in 1998. He lives with wife Sarah and their two children in Rochester.
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