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Curt Smith

Senior Lecturer
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Department of English

Areas of expertise: Presidential rhetoric; American presidents of the radio/television age; sports broadcasting, especially but not limited to baseball, football, basketball, and hockey; public speaking

Press contact:
Valerie Alhart
valerie.alhart@rochester.edu
585.276.3256

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In the News

WIBX 950AM
Keeler Show Notes for Friday, December 12th, 2014
December 12, 2014

Rochester Business Journal
Smith hits home run with new book on the first President Bush
December 12, 2014

Rome Sentinel
Bush speechwriter to speak at Utica Rotary
December 06, 2014

Newsmax TV (America's Forum via YouTube)
America's Forum | Curt Smith talks about President George H.W. Bush | Part 1
November 19, 2014

WHAM 1180
Author Curt Smith talks Baseball & his new George H. W. Bush book
November 19, 2014

WXXI
Connections: George H. W. Bush's New Biography Written By Curt Smith
November 19, 2014

WHEC-TV © 11/05/2014
Absentee ballot counting begins in race for the 25th Congressional District, Rep. Slaughter picks up additional votes
November 05, 2014

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Curt Smith’s Bush biography and more on local authors
October 17, 2014

Fairport Post
Curt Smith: In wake of Tony Stewart incident, diligence, not fear is road for parents
August 23, 2014

Wisconsin Public Radio
The Presidential Library
July 09, 2014

Gates Post
World Cup can't elevate soccer
July 01, 2014

Chicago Tribune
Obama library can generate hope and change
April 05, 2014

Canandaigua Daily Messenger
Curt Smith: Ralph Waite's death evokes the timeless love of The Waltons'
March 16, 2014

Penfield Post
Curt Smith: Parental influence reflected in how Derek Jeter carries himself
March 02, 2014

Daily Messenger
CURT SMITH: Why Florida is sunnier than us
January 19, 2014

Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Paying your taxes a certainty during government shutdown
October 11, 2013

Newark Courier Gazette
Curt Smith: The endangered book store
July 23, 2013

Forbes
It's How You Play the Game
March 08, 2013

13WHAM-TV
Marco Rubio in the Media with Curt Smith
February 14, 2013

Newark Courier Gazette
CURT SMITH: A double play saddens upstate N.Y.
February 01, 2013

Irondequoit Post
Exhibit features look into presidential speeches
January 30, 2013

Livingston County News
Caledonia native Curt Smith curates exhibit on presidential speechwriting
January 27, 2013

Rochester City Newspaper
Presidential words
January 24, 2013

13WHAM-TV
History of Presidential Speechwriting at UR - Part 1
January 22, 2013

Chili Post
CURT SMITH: Army-Navy game still magical
December 14, 2012

Batavia Daily News
Caledonia native uses announcers to tell story of famed ballpark
October 27, 2012

55 Plus
The Presidents' Man
October 24, 2012

Newark Courier Gazette
CURT SMITH: Debates just one way to judge candidates
October 01, 2012

WHAM TV ABC 13 Rochester
Poll: Slaughter Has Sizable Lead Over Brooks
September 27, 2012

Newark Courier Gazette
CURT SMITH: Summer Olympics make impact in absence
September 11, 2012

The Washington Post
Democrats, Republicans try to tell the American story vividly _ and battle over who owns it
September 08, 2012

NPR
In Campaign, A Battle Over Owning America's Story
September 08, 2012

Los Angeles Times
The Buffalo News, N.Y., Mike Harrington column
August 19, 2012

Buffalo News
Red Sox have had little relief from chaos
August 19, 2012

Buffalo News
Baseball's extra innings
August 18, 2012

YNN Rochester
Politician and Analyst Respond to Romney's Announcement
August 11, 2012

Wayne Post
CURT SMITH: The Mayberry mystique
August 05, 2012

WTTW
U of C Prof: Obama's Library Should Stay Away
June 26, 2012

13WHAM-TV
Fenway Park Centennial Book
June 13, 2012

WEEI.com
Joe Castiglione with author Curt Smith
June 01, 2012

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Maggie vs. Louise to be battle of 2 popular, powerhouse politicians
March 19, 2012

WROC TV
Monroe County Chief Probation Officer Bob Burns
January 10, 2012

13WHAM.com
Curt Smith: "A Talk In the Park: Nine Decades of Baseball Tales"
August 22, 2011

Curt Smith's book 'A Talk in the Park' highlights baseball broadcasters nationwide
Fairport Post
August 12, 2011

Utica Observer-Dispatch
Tuesday Conversation: Curt Smith knows best, and worst, of politics, sports
March 30, 2011

WXXI
Perspectives with Curt Smith
February 12, 2011

WGN Radio
Historian, author and MLBlog.com columnist, Curt Smith
February 03, 2011

13WHAM-TV
Expert: Cuomo Must Act Quickly
January 03, 2011

<< Less In the News

News Releases

Lecture by Curt Smith on George W. Bush's Presidency and the 2008 Election
September 20, 2007

Public Invited to Explore Presidential Campaign and Media Interactions With Speakers and Films Series
September 14, 2007

Curt Smith Named Political Coordinator of Museum of Broadcast Communications
February 08, 2007



Biography
Curt Smith wrote more speeches than anyone for former President George H.W. Bush. He is the author of 12 books. He has hosted XM Satellite Radio, National Public Radio affiliate, Smithsonian Institution, and Baseball Hall of Fame series. He has been named New York State's best radio commentator and has written for ESPN TV and many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated. He teaches public speaking to promote effective language and delivery. His course Presidential Rhetoric explores how U.S. presidents communicate by press conference, text address, and extemporaneous speech.

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