Donald Smith is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, author, and broadcaster. His articles have appeared in The Atlantic, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, National Geographic magazine and website, and in major newspapers throughout the country, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Milwaukee Journal and Chicago Tribune.


"When Green Earth Turns to Sand"  "Perfectly Deadly"  "Red Wind Blowing"
"The Unintended Paradise"  "Into the Deep With R2D2"  "Water and Peace in the Middle East"  "Hiking Season at the North Pole"  "Explorers Pinpoint the Source of the Amazon"

 


With Inuit seal hunter on Ellesmere Island, Canada's Northwest Territories
As executive co-producer of Radio Expeditions, the Alfred I. duPont award-winning National Geographic - National Public Radio production heard on NPR's Morning Edition, he was editorial director and chief writer for the acclaimed special weekly Radio Expeditions series "The Geographic Century" - great moments of exploration and discovery during the 20th century. Aired weekly on NPR stations. Before coming to National Geographic, he was White House correspondent for Congressional Quarterly, and executive producer of CQ's weekly Public Television program "Congressional Outlook," featuring looks at upcoming Capitol Hill issues. Currently he serves on the screening board of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Radio-TV Awards Program.



He co-authored (with Bradford Washburn) On High: The Adventures of Legendary Mountaineer, Photographer, and Scientist Brad Washburn (National Geographic Books, 2002); and (with aviator Linda Finch) of No Limits, a biography of Amelia Earhart (1997, World Flight, Inc.).


Editorial praise for On High: “A charming biography/autobiography… In this volume, lucky readers get to experience the bounty of nearly 80 years of world travel, in Washburn's own telling of his many adventures and close calls, and through the words of noted adventure writer Donald Smith.” –Chicago Tribune



On assignment aboard "The Spirit of Massachusetts"

Beginning as a reporter for the Washington Evening Star, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he subsequently was managing editor of The Washington Post Magazine, and then White House correspondent for Congressional Quarterly. From 1978 to 1999 he hosted "Report on Congress," a daily broadcast summary and analysis of congressional activities, on Washington's classical music station WGMS-FM.

As a National Geographic senior staff writer from 1987 to 1995, he roamed the world on assignment for the Society's News Service. His writings and photographs on the subjects of adventure, exploration and geopolitics were syndicated by the Associated Press and the New York Times Syndicate in newspapers and magazines worldwide.

He is currently writing a novel of political intrigue.