Jacqueline Smith column to run statewide in Hearst CT newspapers
A weekly column by Jacqueline Smith will appear in Hearst’s Connecticut daily newspapers starting Friday.
Her columns, often from a feminist perspective, previously appeared on the Sunday op-ed page of the News-Times in Danbury and the Norwalk Hour, where she serves as editorial page editor.
Smith “looks for the universal in the personal while writing about life in Connecticut,” whether scolding governors for bad policies or reflecting on the winter solstice. She knows the newsmakers and issues after several decades in Connecticut journalism, and has a distinctive writing style that asks readers to come along, even if you disagree. A collection of her columns is included in the recently published book, “Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits.”
“Jacky’s column is an important addition to a statewide lineup of diverse and distinctive voices that we are building as communities and state lawmakers confront a crucial time for the future of Connecticut,” said Matt DeRienzo, vice president of news and digital content for Hearst Connecticut.
Smith joins a roster of Hearst writers that includes the recently named James Walker and Colin McEnroe, business and politics columnist Dan Haar, and sports columnist Jeff Jacobs.
Smith’s career began as a correspondent in the Groton bureau of The Hartford Courant. She covered the defense industry for The Day of New London, was a business reporter and columnist at the New Haven Register, and later a reporter, columnist, city editor and assistant managing editor at the Record-Journal in Meriden before joining The News-Times in 2006 as managing editor.
She also taught journalism full-time at the University of Hartford and Southern Connecticut State University, where she had graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Her master’s degree with honors is from Wesleyan University. Her reporting and opinion pieces have won numerous state and New England awards, as well as a National Education Writers award.
She lives in Bethel with her husband, James H. Smith, a retired journalist.