Biography: Steve Smith

Steven A. Smith is editor of The Spokesman-Review, a privately held newspaper in Spokane, Wash., with a daily circulation of 107,000 and a Sunday circulation of 133,000. As editor, Smith supervises all news and editorial operations and a staff of 130 that produces three daily editions. He was named editor in July 2002.

Prior to joining The Spokesman-Review, Smith was editor for two years of the Statesman Journal, a Gannett newspaper in Salem, Ore. Previously, he was editor and vice president of The Gazette, a Freedom Communications Inc. newspaper in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was named editor in October 1995 and vice president in 1997.

Before joining The Gazette, Smith served two years as assistant to the vice presidents/news for Knight-Ridder Inc. in Miami. He worked with Knight-Ridder’s 30 newspapers, developing training programs, producing critiques and assisting with strategic planning. He specialized in issues involving newsroom change and civic journalism.

Previously, he was managing editor at The Wichita Eagle and held a variety of positions at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Both are Knight-Ridder newspapers. He also worked at the Star-Tribune in Minneapolis and the Register-Guard in Eugene, Ore.

Smith was chairman of the American Society of Newspaper Editors “Change” committee in 1997-98 and was a member of ASNE’s Credibility Think Tank. He is active in the Society of Professional Journalists. He has been a frequent lecturer on civic journalism and newsroom change for the Pew Center on Civic Journalism, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and the American Press Institute, and has lectured on newsroom training issues for the Freedom Forum. He serves on the advisory board for the Pew Center on the States and is a member of the University of Oregon Journalism Advancement Council.

He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Newspaper Management Center Advanced Executive Program.

He holds a master’s degree in communication from Ohio State University, where he was a Kiplinger fellow, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, where he serves on the Journalism Advancement Council of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

He is a Portland, Ore., native.

Smith is married to Alexa Conway Smith, an independent computer consultant, and has two children by a previous marriage: Sam, who is 17 years old, and Alissa, who is 13.

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