Roger Kimmel Smith

Roger Kimmel Smith

I’ve always taken great satisfaction in a well-composed sentence. Since 2007 I’ve been making my living writing about a lot of things, such as:

– government, politics, diplomacy, world news;

– media, communications, advertising, propaganda;

– cultural history, black history, show-biz history, media history;

– literature, cinema, music, business;

– social sciences, education, nuclear weapons, peace studies…

Since 2010 I’ve been a contributing editor and news curator for Global Issues in Context [subscription required], an award-winning online current-events resource published by Cengage Gale (Library Journal, “Best Databases,” 2014).

I spent a few years working at the United Nations as a peace and disarmament networker. I’ve also taught—journalism, writing, public speaking, mass communication, social studies, film studies, literature, math, phys. ed., and standardized test-prep in settings from college campuses to a juvenile prison.

You can hear me on WRFI Community Radio Monday evenings (7-9pm, “Crazy Words, Crazy Tune”) and occasional mornings.

Grew up in Brooklyn, now live in Brooktondale, upstate New York. Master’s in media ecology. [Shout out to my advisor, the late great Neil Postman.] Perennially tracking the epistemological ramifications of contemporary media environments and assessing current data on the long-running sociological experiment I call “the united states of the media.”

My dad is a writer. Robert Kimmel Smith careered from writing words for money on Madison Avenue to publishing eleven novels. The Hollywood adaptation of his kids’ book, The War With Grandpa, will hopefully be released in 2019. (For the record, I loved my grandpa very much and never went to war with him.)

But enough about me! Let’s talk about you. What can this wordsmith do for you?