Brendan L. Smith

Freelance Journalist

WASHINGTON, D.C. – I am a freelance journalist and communications consultant with more than 22 years of experience working for newspapers, magazines, websites and nonprofit organizations across the country. I specialize in legal and social justice issues, psychology and the arts, but I've covered just about every beat in the newsroom. I also have written a popular weekly newspaper column and long narrative features, including the plight of ranchers working drought-stricken range land in New Mexico, the devastation of massive wildfires, and my own misguided attempts to smuggle a baby into Cuba.     

After graduating with honors in journalism from the University of North Carolina, I covered a wide variety of beats for newspapers in North Carolina, Florida and New Mexico. After moving to Washington, D.C., I was the news editor and an investigative reporter at Legal Times. My freelance articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian magazine, ABA Journal and other publications.

Some of my articles and my resume are available using the links above. Please contact me
at news(at) with any questions or inquiries about reporting, editing or consulting projects.