Lee Eric Smith

Associate Editor/Page Design

901-523-1818

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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Memphis start with no NBA draft picks, come away with two prospects

Grizzlies nabs Rabb, Brooks in second round.

Grizzlies nabs Rabb, Brooks in second round.

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Report: Trial set for Darrius Stewart wrongful death lawsuit

LocalMemphis reporting that trial set for next June.

LocalMemphis reporting that trial set for next June.

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WATCH: Ice Cube checks Bill Maher on "house n---a" remark

Maher apologizes for blunder, then gets schooled by Cube and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.

Maher apologizes for blunder, then gets schooled by Cube and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.

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Four things to know out of this week’s special school board meeting on Memphis grade tampering

Former U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton Jr. among the investigators into alleged grading discrepancies.

Former U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton Jr. among the investigators into alleged grading discrepancies.

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GritGrindGrizz: Are the NBA Finals overhyped?

Only if you don't like watching stars play at a ridiculously high level, writes Smith.

Only if you don't like watching stars play at a ridiculously high level, writes Smith.

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VIDEO: "Where did Obama go?"

This little girl can't understand what happened.

Girl, we feel you. Two terms just wasn’t enough. Blame the Constitution.

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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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