Donald Smith is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and author. 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.

Coming from Pegasus Books in the fall of 2015:
The Constable's Tale
"...combines the hue and scope of James Fenimore Cooper with the taut suspense of Elmore Leonard."

When a traveling peddler discovers the murder of a farm family whose bodies have been left in bizarre positions, circumstances point to an Indian attack. But Harry Woodyard, a young planter who is the volunteer constable of Craven County during a period in America's past when there was no professional police force, finds evidence that indicates otherwise.

The county establishment wants to blame the crime on a former inhabitant, an elderly Indian who has suddenly reappeared in the vicinity like an old ghost. But he is a person to whom Harry owes much, and Harry is convinced of his innocence.

Defying the authorities, Harry goes off on his own to find the real killer. His investigation takes him up the Atlantic seacoast and turns into a hunt for even bigger quarry, and more adventure than he had bargained for. During his search for the truth, Harry brushes up against people and events that will shape the history of the continent.

“Rich with historical details and surprising turns, Donald Smith sends us on a thrilling journey through an America on the cusp of becoming a nation. The Constable's Tale, a story of murder, love and loyalty, is an outstanding debut.” Barbara Corrado Pope, author of The Missing Italian Girl and Cezanne's Quarry
“The constable's pursuit reveals the wily nature of colonial America in a yarn that combines the hue and scope of James Fenimore Cooper with the taut suspense of Elmore Leonard.” John Smolens, author of The Schoolmaster's Daughter
“Historical fiction at its best. I have read many books about America’s history, but this blood-curdling murder-mystery, set in 18th century North-Carolina, with America at the brink of the Revolutionary War, taught me a lot. Stylish, exciting, and packed with historical insight.” Bob Van Laerhoven, author of Baudelaire's Revenge

The Constable's Tale is a thrilling mystery set in Colonial America during the French and Indian War. With its intrepid detective, skillful plotting, colorful characters, action and rich period detail, Donald Smith's novel is sure to please fans of historical mystery.” Gary Inbinder, author of The Devil in Montmartre

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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, Donald Smith 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.