Doug began his journalism career at Long Island’s Newsday in Sept. 1970. In 1973, he was the beat reporter for the New York Nets who were led by superstar Julius “Dr. J” Erving. In 1977, Smith joined the New York Post where he covered the New York Knicks during the period when Clyde Frazier and Earl “the Pearl” Monroe formed the backcourt and former Knicks center, Willis Reed, was the rookie coach.
Smith also made important contributions to the world of book publishing as an editor and writer. In 1992, he edited and updated Ashe’s three-volume book, Hard Road to Glory: A History of the Black Athlete in America, originally published in 1988 by Amistad Press. In a collaborative effort with former tennis pro Zina Garrison, Smith wrote her autobiography – Zina, My Life in Women’s Tennis – published in May 2001 by North Atlantic Books (Berkeley, California).
In September 1993, Smith was granted a one-year sabbatical leave from USA Today to serve as a visiting distinguished professor of journalism at his alma mater, Hampton University, where he taught basic journalism and commentary writing. In 2002, he returned to Hampton as a assistant professor of journalism and taught several courses, including Sports Writing and Ethics.
Smith completed a second book, Whirlwind, the Godfather of Black Tennis, published by Blue Eagle Publishing, which is owned by Smith and his two sons, Jerome and Jared. Whirlwind is a biography of the late Dr. R. Walter Johnson, who trained hundreds of promising black junior tennis players, including tennis greats Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe, on his backyard court in Lynchburg, Va. Whirlwind won Writers Notes Magazine’s Book of the Year award in 2004. In July 2009, Dr. Johnson was posthumously inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
In 2012, Smith’s first novel, Same Same, a murder mystery that unfolds during Barack Obama’s rise to the presidency, was released. The novel traces the friendship of two talented newspaper columnists and lifelong friends – Samuel Lewis and Hamilton Armstrong. Sam, who is black, offers political commentary from a conservative perspective; Ham, who is white, pens the liberal view. The book won an Honorable Mention citation in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards for General Fiction.
Smith maintains an active personal interest in sports, including those that he has attained a degree of mastery – table tennis and tennis. He writes occasionally about sports and politics on his blog – thedougsmithpost.com. He is continuing to ponder his golf game.