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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DRAFTED: A Soldier's Story

Vietnam-era veteran says that despite problems, 'America still the best thing going."

Vietnam-era veteran says that despite problems, 'America still the best thing going."

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WATCH: Cornell West and Bill Maher argue over West not voting for Clinton

Oh, and Neil deGrasse Tyson watches the fireworks.

Oh, and Neil deGrasse Tyson watches the fireworks.

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DC's "Black Lightning" coming to The CW

The 'hood gets a superhero to protect the innocent from a violent gang.

The 'hood gets a superhero to protect the innocent from a violent gang.

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Grizzlies drop Game 5 in San Antonio, 103-116

Game 6 at FedExForum is "win or go home."

Game 6 at FedExForum is "win or go home."

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GritGrindGrizz: Warmups for Grizz-Spurs Game 5:

Lee Eric Smith previews pivotal game in San Antonio.

Lee Eric Smith previews pivotal game in San Antonio.

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WATCH: Former President Barack Obama makes first public remarks

"What's been going on while I've been gone?" Obama jokes at University of Chicago.

"What's been going on while I've been gone?" Obama jokes at University of Chicago.

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New Prince album coming out on Friday . . . or is it?

Release of "Deliverance" may get held up in court.

Release of "Deliverance" may get held up in court.

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Local Democrat calls out Corker on Instagram over Black Lives Matter remark

TSD still awaiting response from Corker's office.

TSD still awaiting response from Corker's office.

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Can Grizzlies find their grind in Game 2?

After Game 1 blowout loss to Spurs, Memphis searching for answers.

After Game 1 blowout loss to Spurs, Memphis searching for answers.

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Report: Lawsons heading to Kansas

Each will sit out next season and then play for the Jayhawks in the 2018-19 season.

Each will sit out next season and then play for the Jayhawks in the 2018-19 season.

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