Graham Smith Graham Smith is a Senior Producer on NPR's Investigations team.
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Graham Smith, photographed for NPR, 13 February 2023, in Washington DC. Photo by Mike Morgan for NPR.
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Graham Smith

Co-Host, Taking Cover, and Senior Producer, Investigations

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.

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Friday

Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., speaks during a hearing of a Senate Armed Services Committee subcommittee. A combat veteran, Kelly called on the U.S. Marines to explain why wounded troops weren't told the truth about a friendly fire incident in Iraq in 2004. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Thursday

'Taking Cover' update: A senator and soldier try to get to the truth

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Wednesday

Friendly fire killed an Iraqi interpreter. The U.S. told his family something else

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Tuesday

NPR investigation reveals cover-up of a deadly friendly fire accident in the Iraq War

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Sunday

A photo album of Shihab — during his time as an interpreter working with American military personnel during the Iraq War — rests on a small table alongside cups of tea. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Thursday

A photo of Shihab Mansour Hussein during his time as a interpreter for the US military is held by his brother. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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The Gulf School

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Thursday

Army Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal (right) testifies while flanked by Navy Adm. James Stavridis (center) and Air Force Lt. Gen. Douglas Fraser (left) during his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on June 2, 2009. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

With four different versions of the JAGMAN investigation in hand, plus additional information uncovered through the course of reporting, NPR was able to piece together a complete picture of what happened on April 12, 2004. Emily Bogle, Chris Haxel and Alyson Hurt/NPR hide caption

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Thursday

David Costello stands in his parents' home near Cleveland, Ohio. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Friday

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpls. Chris Covington (left) and Carlos Gomez Perez recover from shrapnel and bullet wounds on April 27, 2004, after Iraqi insurgents attacked near Fallujah, Iraq. Just two weeks earlier, Covington and Gomez Perez helped evacuate wounded Marines and soldiers after a deadly explosion rocked a schoolhouse in Fallujah. Scott Peterson/Getty Images hide caption

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A fatal mistake: The truth behind a Marine Corps lie and broken promises

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Thursday

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'Taking Cover' examines a friendly fire incident in Iraq and the ensuing cover up

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Thursday

Marines share descriptions of the horrors of treating and evacuating more than a dozen men — all in the middle of a massive firefight that kicked off after the explosion in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. Angelica Alzona for NPR hide caption

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Thursday

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Tuesday

U.S. Army and Navy combat veteran Bryan Stern sorts out logistics on the phone for evacuations in Kyiv, Ukraine, last month. Stern runs a nonprofit organization called Project Dynamo that extracts people from hostile places. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Meet the rescue team extracting people trapped in Kyiv suburbs under siege

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Friday

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Fighting to survive: Ukraine's cancer patients' struggle to find care while fleeing

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Wednesday

Tuesday's funeral procession ends at the gravesites where soldiers Viktor Dudar, 44, and Ivan Koverznev, 24, will be buried as priests say their blessings and mourners look on. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Hundreds gather to honor fallen Ukrainian soldiers

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Tuesday

Ukrainians are on alert for Russian saboteurs trying to infiltrate their towns

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Thursday

A closer look at the volunteers who are signing up to fight the Russians

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Wednesday

As many people flee Ukraine, others are traveling to the embattled country

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Monday

Signs are displayed in the window of a store in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. The Paycheck Protection Program, aimed at helping small businesses survive the coronavirus crisis, has been beset by problems. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

President Trump signs the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act last week. The law added billions for loans for small businesses through the PPP. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images hide caption

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Loopholes In Small Business Relief Program Allow Thriving Companies To Cash In

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