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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Rev. Jesse Jackson praises Memphis progress on awarding contracts to African Americans

But city officials, CME leaders say there's still more work to do.

But city officials, CME leaders say there's still more work to do.

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PHOTOS: Rapper/activist David Banner caps off SCLC Convention

Music star provides laughter, anger and food for thought during Saturday event.

Music star provides laughter, anger and food for thought during Saturday event.

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VIDEO: What is Kingian Nonviolent Strategy?

TSD Correspondent Lee Eric Smith chats with SCLC Jonathan "Globe" Lewis about how to effect change.

TSD Correspondent Lee Eric Smith chats with SCLC Jonathan "Globe" Lewis about how to effect change.

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SCLC eyes entry into the rap game

Hip-hop project among expected highlights at convention.

Hip-hop project among expected highlights at convention.

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Report: Super Mario coming back to the Grizzlies

Chalmers nearing one-year deal to come back to Memphis after Achilles injury.

Chalmers nearing one-year deal to come back to Memphis after Achilles injury.

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Reports: Tarik Black to sign with Houston Rockets

Former Tiger reportedly agrees to 1-year, $3.2 million deal.

Former Tiger reportedly agrees to 1-year, $3.2 million deal.

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BREAKING: Zach Randolph MLGW rumor FALSE

Social media abuzz with rumor that Z-Bo donated $1 million to pay light bills.

Social media abuzz with rumor that Z-Bo donated $1 million to pay light bills -- but it's not true.

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Available online NOW: TSD's Health & Wellness Edtion 2017

Special focus on HIV/AIDS and the importance of getting tested.

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CORE FOUR NO MORE

Sacramento Kings sign Randolph for 2 years, $24M

Sacramento Kings sign Randolph for 2 years, $24M

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Grizzlies sign McLemore to two-year deal

Analysis: Goodbye Grindfather?

Analysis: Goodbye Grindfather?

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