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Stephen Anthony Smith (born October 14, 1967) is an American sports television personality, sports radio host, and sports journalist. He makes frequent appearances as an NBA analyst for ESPN on SportsCenter, NBA Countdown, and the network's NBA broadcasts. He has also hosted The Stephen A. Smith Show on ESPN Radio and is a commentator on ESPN's First Take, where he appears with Molly Qerim. Smith is a featured columnist for ESPN and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Early life and education Stephen Anthony Smith was born in the Bronx, a borough of New York City. He was raised in the Hollis section of Queens. Smith is the youngest of six children. He has four older sisters and had an older brother, Basil, who died in a car accident in 1992. He also has a half-brother on his father's side. Smith's parents were originally from Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. His father managed a hardware store. Smith's maternal grandmother was white, the rest of his grandparents black. He graduated in 1986 from Thomas Edison High School in Queens.After attending the Fashion Institute of Technology for one year, Smith received a basketball scholarship to attend Winston-Salem State University, a historically black university in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In college, he played basketball under Hall of Fame coach Clarence Gaines. While still on the team, Smith wrote a column for the university newspaper, The News Argus, arguing Gaines should retire due to health issues. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. Smith graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication. Career Print media Smith began his print media career with the Winston-Salem Journal, the Greensboro News and Record, and the New York Daily News. Beginning in 1994, Smith had a position as a writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He began reporting on the Philadelphia 76ers as their NBA columnist, and eventually, as a general sports columnist. On August 23, 2007, the Inquirer announced that Smith would no longer be writing columns and would instead be demoted back to the position of general assignment reporter. In 2008, the Inquirer ended its relationship with Smith, which coincided with Smith starting his own blog, In February 2010, Smith returned to The Philadelphia Inquirer after winning an arbitrator's ruling that he was to be reinstated but having to agree to remove all of his political views from his website and from cable news shows. Radio On April 11, 2005, Smith became the host of a weekday noon to 2 p.m. radio show on WEPN in New York City with his "right-hand man B.T. (Brandon Tierney)". On September 20, 2007, the show was shifted to the 2–4 p.m. slot, with the second hour being broadcast nationally on ESPN Radio, replacing the third hour of The Dan Patrick Show (Mike Tirico took over the first two hours). Smith's show came to an end in April 2008 as he sought to expand his career in television, and beginning May 1, Scott Van Pelt began hosting in the 3–4 p.m. hour that was previously Smith's. In November 2009, Smith became an on-air contributor to Fox Sports Radio and broke the story of Allen Iverson's retirement on the Chris Myers–Steve Hartman afternoon show on November 25. Iverson later ended his short retirement and re-joined the Philadelphia 76ers on December 2. Smith became a Fox Sports Radio morning show host on January 4, 2010, replacing Washington, D.C.-based host Steve Czaban. On his radio program, Smith correctly predicted that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh would all sign with the Miami Heat during 2010 free agency. In early 2011, Smith became a resident FSR NBA insider and ended his morning show. It was announced on February 1, 2011, that Smith would be returning to ESPN as a columnist for and host for weekday local radio shows on 1050 ESPN Radio New York (WEPN-AM) at 7–9 p.m. ET as well as 710 ESPN Radio Los Angeles (KSPN-AM) at 6–8 p.m. PT. April 24, 2012, was Smith's last show for LA 710 ESPN.Beginning in May 2012, as part of the ESPN New York move to 98.7 WRKS, Smith replaced Robin Lundberg alongside Ryan Ruocco and debuted the Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco Show which ran from 1-3 p.m. ET on the new 98.7 WEPN. Smith started each show with a signature pre-intro cold open "rant" on a topic that would be discussed in the first segment. The show came to an end in the summer of 2013, when Smith left ESPN for Sirius XM Radio, where he joined Chris Russo's Mad Dog Sports Channel. The move was announced just one day after Smith made some controversial comments on ESPN2's First Take program regarding the Ray Rice situation.On January 17, 2017, Smith moved from Sirius XM's Mad Dog Sports channel back to ESPN. His daily two-hour program is heard on WEPN in New York, KSPN in Los Angeles, Sirius XM's ESPN channel, and via syndication. Television Smith is currently one of the hosts of First Take on ESPN. He also appears as an analyst on various ESPN programs. He is known for provocative analysis and dour delivery. Smith started his television career on the now-defunct cable network CNN/SI in 1999. In August 2005, Smith started hosting a daily hour-long show on ESPN called Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith. After the show was cancelled in January 2007, he mainly concentrated on basketball, serving as an NBA analyst. He also appeared on other ESPN shows, including the reality series Dream Job, as well as serving as a frequent guest (and guest host) on Pardon the Interruption, Jim Rome Is Burning, and as a participant on 1st and 10. He appeared as an anchor on the Sunday morning edition of SportsCenter. On April 17, 2009, Smith announced on his website that he would be leaving ESPN on May 1, 2009. The Los Angeles Times reported that ESPN commented that, "We decided to move in different directions." Though according to Big Lead Sports, a source says that ESPN and Smith went to the negotiating table and could not reach an agreement.Smith later returned to ESPN, and it was announced on April 30, 2012, on air that Smith would be joining First Take on a permanent, five-days-per-week basis under a new format for the show called "Embrace Debate" in which he squares off against longtime First Take commentator Skip Bayless. On July 25, 2014, Smith made controversial remarks on First Take that women may provoke domestic abuse, in regards to the domestic violence situation involving Baltimore Ravens' running back Ray Rice and his wife. After criticism of the remarks, including comments on Twitter from ESPN reporter Michelle Beadle, Smith apologized for his words on a taped segment on ESPN. On July 29, 2014, Smith was suspended by ESPN for a week and did not appear on any of their programs again until August 6, 2014.In late 2014, Smith signed a multi-year deal with ESPN that will pay him over $3 million per year.In a March 9, 2015, episode of First Take, while discussing the topic of Philadelphia Eagles' head coach Chip Kelly trading away running back Le.... Discover the Stephen Smith popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Stephen Smith books.

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  • Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 11 synopsis, comments

    Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 11

    Maxim Jakubowski

    This superb annual anthology of the year’s most outstanding short crime fiction published in the UK is now well into its second decade. Jakubowski has succeeded, once again, in une...

  • Paw and Order synopsis, comments

    Paw and Order

    Spencer Quinn

    In the seventh installment in the brilliant New York Times bestselling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and PI Bernie Little journey to Washington, DC, and the dogeatdog world ...

  • Thereby Hangs a Tail synopsis, comments

    Thereby Hangs a Tail

    Spencer Quinn

    In the irresistible second installment of the New York Times bestselling Chet and Bernie mystery series, which has been hailed as “enchanting [and] oneofakind” (Stephen King), Chet...

  • The Devil Himself synopsis, comments

    The Devil Himself

    Peter Farris

    For Fans of Brian Panowich and Ron Rash. Southern Noir at its finest, The Devil Himself, sizzles with pageburning suspense and bewitching characters. Deep in the forest o...

  • Western Approaches synopsis, comments

    Western Approaches

    Graham Hurley

    A body. A policeman. Over the edge...The launch of a stunning crime series from the author of LAST FLIGHT TO STALINGRADNo one liked Jake Kinsey. A rich man, he turned up out of now...

  • The Burma Legacy synopsis, comments

    The Burma Legacy

    Geoffrey Archer

    Sam Packer, hero of Firehawk and The Lucifer Network, has a new assignment that will combine all his diplomatic and survival skills. An aging, wealthy Japanese businessman, Tetsuo ...

  • Denial synopsis, comments


    Peter James

    Introducing policeman Glenn Branson...When actress Gloria Lamark takes her own life, her devoted son, Thomas, is heartbroken. Something must be wrong with a world in which such a t...

  • The Pact synopsis, comments

    The Pact

    Sharon Bolton

    'The Secret History for Millennials' Belinda BauerA golden summer, and six talented teenagers are looking forward to the brightest of futures until a daredevil game goes horribly ...

  • It Occurs to Me That I Am America synopsis, comments

    It Occurs to Me That I Am America

    Jonathan Santlofer

    A provocative, unprecedented anthology featuring original short stories on what it means to be an American from thirty bestselling and awardwinning authors with an introduction by ...

  • Rules for Modern Life synopsis, comments

    Rules for Modern Life

    Sir David Tang

    Do gentlemen wear shorts? What are the rules regarding interior decor in a highsecurity prison? Is it ever acceptable to send Valentine's cards to one's pets?The twentyfirst centur...

  • Dear Me synopsis, comments

    Dear Me

    Peter Ustinov

    Sir Peter Ustinov's beautifully crafted autobiography is told with exquisite wit and insight. From his birth in April 1921, it spans his extraordinary career as actor, playwright, ...

  • Not a Game synopsis, comments

    Not a Game

    Kent Babb

    Shortlisted for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing“A searingly honest and intimate portrait of a captivating icon.” Baxter Holmes, ESPN NBA reporterThrough extensive re...

  • A Fistful of Collars synopsis, comments

    A Fistful of Collars

    Spencer Quinn

    The fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling mystery series that the Los Angeles Times says is “nothing short of masterful.”Everyone’s favorite detective team returns in...

  • All Dead Here synopsis, comments

    All Dead Here

    Stephen P. Smith

    This is a small anthology of nine short tales of dark fiction. Take a step into the dark and have a look around. Follow these characters on their path to the unknown as they make t...

  • Watership Down synopsis, comments

    Watership Down

    Richard Adams

    WINNER of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program Now a Netflix animated miniseries starring James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Oscar and Grammy awardwinner Si...

  • The Snow Ball synopsis, comments

    The Snow Ball

    Brigid Brophy

    When Anna is kissed by a mysterious stranger at a NYE masquerade ball, a dance of seduction begins.'So original and refreshing.' Hilary Mantel'Brilliantly seductive ... A witty, se...

  • The Troop synopsis, comments

    The Troop

    Nick Cutter

    WINNER OF THE JAMES HERBERT AWARD FOR HORROR WRITING“The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. This is oldschool horror at its best.” Stephen KingOnce every ...

  • Canto for a Gypsy synopsis, comments

    Canto for a Gypsy

    Martin Cruz Smith

    Gypsy antique dealer Roman Grey is back in one of Martin Cruz Smith’s most beloved novels​the exciting and fastpaced Canto for a Gypsy.The priceless Royal Crown of Hungary is on di...

  • Nightwing synopsis, comments


    Martin Cruz Smith

    From Martin Cruz Smith, the internationally bestselling author of Gorky Park, comes a reissue of Nightwing, the millioncopy bestseller that Stephen King called “one of the best hor...

  • No Lovelier Death synopsis, comments

    No Lovelier Death

    Graham Hurley

    'There is no one writing better police procedurals today.' Daily TelegraphTwo murdered teenagers. Both sides of the law are looking for the killer.But who will get there first?A te...

  • The Savage Wars Of Peace synopsis, comments

    The Savage Wars Of Peace

    Max Boot

    "Anyone who wants to understand why America has permanently entered a new era in international relations must read [this book] . . . Vividly written and thoroughly researched." Lo...

  • Worldmakers synopsis, comments


    Gardner Dozois

    When mankind moves out to the stars, the colonists of the future will remake the worlds they inhabit in their image. Included here are twenty stories from the most imaginative writ...

  • Have Dog, Will Travel synopsis, comments

    Have Dog, Will Travel

    Stephen Kuusisto

    In a lyrical love letter to guide dogs everywhere, a blind poet shares his delightful story of how a guide dog changed his life and helped him discover a newfound appreciation for ...

  • The Hijack synopsis, comments

    The Hijack

    Duncan Falconer

    Two hundred miles south of the Devon coastline, Palestinian freedom fighter Abed Abu Omar and twenty men prepare for their most daring mission yet the hijack of a supertanker, a f...

  • The Right Side synopsis, comments

    The Right Side

    Spencer Quinn

    In this "brilliant...deeply felt" (Stephen King) novel by the New York Times bestselling author of the Chet and Bernie mystery series, a deeply damaged female soldier home from the...

  • Little Heaven synopsis, comments

    Little Heaven

    Nick Cutter

    A “gripping and terrifying story…and one not to be missed” (Robert McCammon) from the acclaimed author of The Troop and The Deep!A trio of mismatched mercenariesMicah Shughrue, Min...

  • Scorpion Trail synopsis, comments

    Scorpion Trail

    Geoffrey Archer

    Alex Crawford has been out of MI5 and the combat zone for twenty years, but now fate has thrust him back into the front line.Though he is an aid worker, the secret service minders ...

  • The Devil Crept In synopsis, comments

    The Devil Crept In

    Ania Ahlborn

    An unforgettable horror novel from bestselling sensation Ania Ahlbornhailed as a writer of “some of the most promising horror I’ve encountered in years” (New York Times bestselling...

  • The Sound and the Furry synopsis, comments

    The Sound and the Furry

    Spencer Quinn

    In the sixth installment in the New York Times bestselling mystery series that the Los Angeles Times called “nothing short of masterful,” Chet and Bernie are handed a hard case in ...

  • Java Spider synopsis, comments

    Java Spider

    Geoffrey Archer

    A British minister is a pawn in a deadly game played out in one of the world's most explosive countries Indonesia. His kidnapping does not fall under British jurisdiction and ...

  • The Penguin Guide to the 1000 Finest Classical Recordings synopsis, comments

    The Penguin Guide to the 1000 Finest Classical Recordings

    Edward Greenfield, Ivan March, Paul Czajkowski & Robert Layton

    INDEPENDENT BOOKS OF THE YEARThis completely new edition of the Penguin Guide reviews the 1000 best classical albums issued and reissued over the past five decades, many of which d...

  • Dog on It synopsis, comments

    Dog on It

    Spencer Quinn

    The first book of the New York Times bestselling Chet and Bernie mystery series, an “enchanting oneofakind novel” (Stephen King) that is “nothing short of masterful” (Los Angeles T...

  • Traitor synopsis, comments


    Duncan Falconer

    After a surveillance mission in Sevastopol goes badly wrong, Stratton finds himself doing penance at MI16, the government's clandestine organisation that creates weapons equipment ...

  • Scents and Sensibility synopsis, comments

    Scents and Sensibility

    Spencer Quinn

    In the eighth installment in the New York Times bestselling mystery series that makes “even cat lovers…howl with delight” (USA TODAY), Chet and his human PI companion, Bernie Littl...

  • The Sacred Scroll synopsis, comments

    The Sacred Scroll

    Anton Gill

    Constantinople 1204: the holy city is razed to the ground by Crusaders the streets awash with blood. Modern day Istanbul: an elite group of archaeologists uncover the grave of Enr...

  • Shadow Hunter synopsis, comments

    Shadow Hunter

    Geoffrey Archer

    One renegade captain threatens disasterHMS Truculent is a nuclearpowered, hunterkiller submarine, and one of the most deadly weapon systems in the world. Phil Hitchens is its disti...

  • The Beast in the Jungle synopsis, comments

    The Beast in the Jungle

    Henry James

    'Something or other lay in wait for him, amid the twists and turns of the months and the years, like a crouching beast in the jungle.'Henry James's devastating and profoundly movin...

  • Those Guys Have All the Fun synopsis, comments

    Those Guys Have All the Fun

    Tom Shales & James Andrew Miller

    In the exclusive behind the scenes look, sports fans can unlock the fascinating history of the channel that changed the way people watch and interact with their favorite teams. It...

  • To Fetch a Thief synopsis, comments

    To Fetch a Thief

    Spencer Quinn

    In the third installment in the brilliant New York Times bestselling series featuring a lovable and wise dog narrator, Chet and Bernie go under the big top to solve the most unlike...

  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much synopsis, comments

    The Dog Who Knew Too Much

    Spencer Quinn

    The fourth installment in the irresistible New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring canine narrator Chet and his human companion Bernie“the coolest human/pooch duo this ...

  • Rise the Dark synopsis, comments

    Rise the Dark

    Michael Koryta

    Rise the dark. These were the last words written in Lauren Novak's notebook before she was murdered in a strange Florida village. They've never meant anything to the police or to h...

  • The C-Word synopsis, comments

    The C-Word

    Lisa Lynch

    Updated with new material, The C Word is the incredibly moving, darkly humorous account of one woman's fight against breast cancer. Now a BBC Drama starring Sheridan Smith. The las...

  • The Ruins synopsis, comments

    The Ruins

    Scott Smith

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER Trapped in the Mexican jungle, a group of friends stumble upon a creeping horror unlike anything they could ever imagine in "the best horror novel of the new ...

  • Misadventures of a Big Mouth Brit synopsis, comments

    Misadventures of a Big Mouth Brit

    Piers Morgan

    Piers has got a new job. He's off to America to be the 'Nasty Brit' judging the show America's Got Talent surely a role he was made for? And with unprecedented access to people, p...

  • I Call Upon Thee synopsis, comments

    I Call Upon Thee

    Ania Ahlborn

    A terrifying enovella from the bestselling author of The Devil Crept In, Brother, and Within These Walls.Maggie Olsen had a pretty ordinary childhoodswimming and sleepovers, movie ...