February 17th, 2013 22:59 EST
Judyth Piazza interviews Award-Winning Journalist and Author Doug Smith
Author Doug Smith, an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of successful achievement as an editor and writer with three of the most influential newspapers in the United States: Newsday, The New York Post, and USA Today, to promote his novel, Same Same
appeared on The American Perspective Radio Program with Judyth Piazza.
In October 2001, Smith retired from a 15-year stint at USA Today where he was recognized as one of the world`s most preeminent and influential tennis writers. He covered numerous tennis events each year, including the Grand Slams - Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open. In addition Smith wrote a column - "Match Points" - on the USA Today website. Since his retirement, Smith has worked as a freelance journalist for several publications, including USA Today and The New York Times.
Smith routinely broke news in the tennis world. His 1992 world exclusive on the late Arthur Ashe having contracted AIDS prompted years of useful discourse in newsrooms, as well as in the nation`s journalism schools. He wrote numerous cover stories and introspective features on the superstars of tennis - Andre Agassi, Jennifer Capriati, Pete Sampras and the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena. Junior players consistently sought the byline - "By Doug Smith" as he monitored their development.
Although tennis has been his major racket, Smith distinguished himself in writing about other sports throughout his career. Less than a month after joining USA Today, he became the lead reporter on the paper`s coverage of the death of Len Bias. Smith got an exclusive interview with Bias` parents for a cover story and assisted with other stories in the paper`s two-part series about the Maryland basketball star, who died of a cocaine overdose in 1986.
In recognition of his sustained excellence in tennis reporting and writing, Smith is the recipient of numerous awards, including the U.S. Tennis Association Lifetime Achievement Award (1988), the Women`s Tennis Association Media Person of the Year (1989), (1995), Tennis Week Great American Writing Award (for deadline writing) in 1990 and 2000, and the U.S. Tennis Association/Mid-Atlantic Section`s Outstanding Media Press Award (2012).
During the interview Smith talks about the future of journalism, what he would change about the publishing industry and who are some of his mentors that have helped him over the years.