Wednesday, March 29, 2023


Banking woes send consumers looking for safer alternatives, some Indiana communities resist a dollar chain store "invasion," and a permit to build an oil pipeline tunnel under the Great Lakes is postponed.


Republicans say it is premature to consider gun legislation after the Nashville shooting, federal officials are unsure it was a hate crime, and regulators say Silicon Valley Bank was aware of its financial risks.


Finding childcare is a struggle everywhere, prompting North Carolina's Transylvania County to try a new approach. Maine is slowly building-out broadband access, but disagreements remain over whether local versus national companies should get the contracts, and specialty apps like "Farmers Dating" help those in small communities connect online.

Danielle Smith


Danielle M. Smith is an award-winning radio journalist/personality with more than a decade of experience in broadcast media. Smith is a former audio journalist with American Urban Radio Networks and Sheridan Broadcasting Networks. She is currently joining PNS as a producer. She also hosts a weekly community affairs show “Good News” on WGBN Power 1360AM & 98.9FM in Pittsburgh, PA. Smith sits on the Communications board for the Functional Literacy Ministry of Haiti 501 ©(3). Smith recently took a leap of faith and relocated to Nashville TN.

Honors and Awards: Robert L. Vann Media Award for Radio/Public Affairs feature story, “Sister Friend Provides Feminine Care Products to Homeless Women (2017),” The New Pittsburgh Courier 2016 Women of Excellence Award. Community Spirit Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism from North Side Institutional Church (2013

Professional Memberships: Nashville Association of Black Journalist Pittsburgh Black Media Federation

Languages Spoken: English

Topic Expertise: Business, Religion, Health Justice, Literature, Urban News

Local Expertise: Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Haiti

Location: Nashville

Demographic Expertise: Urban, Gospel


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