Roger Kimmel Smith

Roger Kimmel Smith

I’ve always taken great satisfaction in a well-composed sentence. For the last dozen years I’ve made my living writing about a lot of things, such as:

– government, politics, diplomacy, world news;

– media, communications, advertising, propaganda;

– world history, black history, cultural, media, and show-business 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—a wide variety of subjects in settings varying from college campuses to a juvenile prison to a cooperative family learning center.

You can hear me on WRFI Community Radio Friday afternoons noon to 2pm, hosting my 1920s/30s music and popular culture show “Crazy Words, Crazy Tune.” I’m also occasionally on at 7am hosting the “Your Morning” news hour.

I’m a contributing host and producer for a video and audio podcast series on YouTube called When Humanists Attack!!

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. Indeed, epistemic crisis is very much alive and afoot!

I’m the son of a writer. Robert Kimmel Smith passed away on April 18, 2020, at age 89. The Hollywood adaptation of his kids’ book, The War With Grandpa, starring Robert de Niro and a fabulous cast, was released on October 9, 2020! Check out the trailer! (For the record, I loved my grandpa very much and never went to war with him.)

But, you know, enough about me, let’s talk about you. What can this wordsmith do for you?