Graham Smith co-hosts NPR's serialized podcast Taking Cover, an investigation into a friendly fire incident from early in the Iraq war that was buried for political reasons. He is a Senior Producer on NPR's Investigations team and winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for audio reporting.
Smith came to NPR in 2003 as Supervising Senior Producer of All Things Considered. Over the years, he's field produced and reported from conflict zones and taught radio craft to reporters making the transition to audio storytelling. Smith has recorded athletes skiing at Olympic venues, sought shrimp in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and lost his lunch flying with U.S. Marines on their controversial Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. He has a deep love for meaningful obituaries.
Smith won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for the podcast series No Compromise, which explores an extreme faction within the gun-rights movement. He was a Pulitzer finalist in 2020 for his work on White Lies, an investigation into a Civil Rights era murder and what it tells us about America today. He recently produced a 2022 Dupont-winning expose on the misinformation campaign behind plastic recycling, his collaborations with Youth Radio earned him the Robert F. Kennedy and the Edward R. Murrow awards for a story on a culture of harassment at a Navy base and he received the George Foster Peabody award for editing a series on teen sex trafficking in Oakland. He also received Murrow awards for his own battlefield reporting from Afghanistan and as part of NPR's team covering the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.
Smith came to D.C. from WBUR Boston, NH Public Radio and Monitor Radio. He and family keep bees and raise crops at their little urban homestead, carving out time to walk in nature and play music.