Fran Smith

Editor, Writer

Fran Smith’s article on the “Science of Addiction” appeared on the cover of the September 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. She is a nationally recognized editor, writer, and communication strategist, and the author of two nonfiction books. As a newspaper reporter for many years, Fran exposed fraud and wrongdoing in hospitals and nursing homes, profiled power brokers and unsung heroes, and shined a light on achievements that most of the media ignored — the teacher, teen, nurse, artist, advocate, ex-convict, scientist making a difference in their communities, often against all odds. In addition to National Geographic, Fran’s articles have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and dozens of magazines and websites including O: The Oprah Magazine, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Salon, Forbes, Prevention, Psychology Today, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. She has won numerous awards for feature writing, investigative reporting, and editing, and shared a Pulitzer for coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the co-author (with Sheila Himmel) of Changing the Way We Die, an Amazon bestseller and winner of an Independent Book Publishers Award.

Fran will join The Future of Everything: Exploring Global Innovation by Private Jet in Seoul.