I was born in Henderson, Nevada in 1960, the youngest of Jan and Prince Smith’s six children. Our family’s Nevada roots reach back to 1881. I am single and the proud father of Amelia Smith, who is the subject of my book "Amelia's Long Journey."
A longtime columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, I left the newspaper in 2016 and today work as a freelance writer. My stories have appeared in a variety of publications. To name a few: Time, Readers Digest, The Daily Beast, Reuters, The Nevada Independent, Ruralite, and Desert Companion. I also offer weekly commentary on Nevada Public Radio station KNPR.
In addition, I have published 15 books and am a credited contributor in many others. My recent books are “Vegas Voices: Conversations with Great Las Vegas Characters” and a short story collection, “Even a Street Dog.” Both are available through my NevadaSmith Press imprint and on Amazon.com. In 2016 I published a short history book for the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, "Open For Business."
My first chapbook of poetry is set for publication later this year, and there's more to come.
I'm also updating several previously published books, so check back for more news on that front.
2017 -- Nevada Press Association, first place, non-staff general interest column, The Nevada Independent
2016 -- Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame induction
2016 -- University of Oregon, Ancil Payne Award for Ethics
2016 -- Northwestern University, Foley-Medill Medal for Courage
2016 -- National Society of Professional Journalists, Ethics Award
2013 -- Best of the West, first place, daily column
2013 -- Nevada Press Association, first place, daily column
2012 -- Best of the West, third place, daily column
2012 -- Nevada Press Association, first place, general interest column
2010 -- Silver Pen Award, Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.