Lee Eric Smith

Associate Editor/Page Design

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A native of Holly Springs, Mississippi, Lee Eric Smith brings more than 25 years of experience in journalism and communications to the Tri-State Defender. A history maker in his own right, in 1990, Smith became the first African American Editor of The Daily Mississippian, the student run newspaper at The University of Mississippi. He also has worked at the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, The Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. In Memphis, he may be best known for his coverage of the Memphis Grizzlies via GritGrindGrizz.com, and as a former co-host of SportsTwist! on local radio.



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PHOTOS: Legends & Leaders Gala 2017

TSD presents and evening to remember at Dominos' Event Center at St. Judes.

TSD presents and evening to remember at Dominos' Event Center at St. Jude's.

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WATCH: Netflix releases trailer for new Dave Chappelle stand-up specials

Available for streaming on March 21.

Available for streaming on March 21.

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ALL AMAZING: Vince Carter's perfect night helps Grizzlies beat Milwaukee 113-93

Chandler Parsons ruled out "indefinitely" with meniscus tear in left knee.

Chandler Parsons ruled out "indefinitely" with meniscus tear in left knee.

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Watch Will Smith fulfill 20-year-long dream of bungee jumping

The star filmed himself on a visit to the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge.

The star filmed himself on a visit to the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge.

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Grizzlies losing momentum as playoffs near; Can they get back on track?

Line-up changes may mask deeper chemistry problems, Smith writes.

Line-up changes may mask deeper chemistry problems, Smith writes.

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WATCH: Samuel L. Jackson re-enacts career with "great vengeance and furious anger" with James Corden

Hilarious bit has Sam roaring through his most famous movie scenes.

Hilarious bit has Sam roaring through his most famous movie scenes.

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VIDEO: Kyrie Irving's handles are ridiculous

Ankles = Broken.

Ankles = Broken.

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VIDEO: "GET OUT (of the White House)

Funny or Die's mashup of horror movie terrified Jordan Peele.

Funny or Die's mashup of horror movie terrified Jordan Peele.

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Three-Point Play: Grizzlies fade in loss to lowly Nets, 122-109

Fizdale: "We are a mediocre basketball team."

Fizdale: "We are a mediocre basketball team."

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‘Trial judged erred’ – Former County Commissioner Brooks to get new sentencing hearing

Attorney: 'You can't punish people for saying controversial things.'

Attorney: 'You can't punish people for saying controversial things.'

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