Doug Smith

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Doug Smith, class of 1960, is an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of successful achievement as an editor and writer with three of the most influential newspapers in the United States – Newsday, The New York Post and USA Today.

During his career he was recognized as one of the world’s preeminent and influential tennis writers. He covered the Grand Slams – Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U. S. Open.

Smith routinely broke news in the tennis world. His 1992 world exclusive on the late Arthur Ashe having contracted AIDS promoted years of useful discourse in newsrooms, as well as in the nations’ journalism schools.

In recognition of his sustained excellence in tennis reporting and writing, Smith is the recipient of numerous awards, including the U. S. Tennis Association Lifetime Achievement Award (1988).

In 1992, he edited and updated Ashe’s three-volume book, Hard Road To Glory: A History of the Black Athlete in America. In a collaborative effort with former tennis pro Zina Garrison, Smith wrote her autobiography, Zina, My Life in Women’s Tennis, published in 2001. 

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