Graham Smith is a Senior Producer on NPR's Investigations team and winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for audio reporting. He works with staffers, station reporters and independent journalists to dig deep and create sound-rich, long-form stories and series.
Smith came to NPR in 2003 and spent five years as Supervising Senior Producer of All Things Considered, responsible for the daily running of the show. He's field produced and reported from conflict zones for the international desk, and served as an editor on Morning Edition. He's also taught field production and radio skills to reporters making the transition to audio storytelling. Smith has recorded hosts and 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 also named 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.
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 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 another 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.
U.S. combat veteran Bryan Stern runs a nonprofit called Project Dynamo that extracts people from hostile places. Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the organization has rescued more than 400 people.
Supplies are running low at Lviv's regional cancer hospital in Ukraine. The patient load has doubled and supplies in Kyiv are inaccessible. But hospital staff choose the duty of care over safety.
The first of Ukraine's fallen soldiers are starting to come home. Two men were killed on the front lines in Russia's war on Ukraine. Hundreds gathered to mourn at their funeral on Tuesday.
Ukraine's government is releasing video confessions from Russians who have been detained so far. Civilian-run checkpoints have been set up to keep an eye out for suspicious people.
Ukraine's western city of Lviv has, so far, been spared the worst of Russia's invasion. But a diverse resistance is taking shape there and is reinforcing some of the cities now under attack.
As hundreds of thousands of people flee Ukraine, NPR's Leila Fadel takes a train into western Ukraine and talks to some of the passengers headed toward war.
On March 13, President Trump promised to mobilize private and public resources to respond to the coronavirus. NPR followed up on each promise and found little action had been taken.