Journalist, Special Correspondent PBS NewsHour
Terry is an award-winning journalist who has been a political reporter, foreign correspondent, editor and television analyst over the course of a four-decade career. He has written on everything from a Bedouin wedding in the Sinai to firefights in the jungles of Vietnam to presidential news conferences in the White House. He spent 20 years with The New York Times, including eight years abroad in the Middle East and Far East, covering four wars, peace negotiations and the day-to-day lives of people in more than 40 countries. Smith’s coverage earned two Pulitzer Prize nominations and numerous other awards. He won the Times’ Publisher’s Prize for outstanding writing 22 times. Terry also served as Assistant Foreign Editor and Deputy Metropolitan Editor in New York. In the paper’s Washington bureau, he served as diplomatic correspondent and chief White House correspondent before founding and editing the popular Washington Talk page. In 1985, Terry joined CBS News in Washington, covering the Reagan White House and for nine years, reporting the cover stories for CBS Sunday Morning. He earned two Emmys for his work on the broadcast “48 Hours,” and shared in the George Foster Peabody Award for general excellence given to the staff of CBS Sunday Morning. In 1998, Smith turned to public television, founding and leading the media unit at The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. In the course of seven years, Terry and his unit won 18 national awards and honors for media criticism and analysis. He is now a special correspondent for The NewsHour. Smith is a 2013 inductee to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Hall of Fame. He speaks, writes and broadcasts on national politics, international affairs and environmental issues involving the Chesapeake Bay and ocean policies. Previously, he was a member of the advisory board of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. He writes a regular column for The Annapolis Capital and is a World Affairs speaker aboard Crystal Cruise ships around the world.