I am an independent writer, editor and journalist and the author of two nonfiction books. I also run a communications consultancy, helping people and organizations tell their stories.


My latest story, on personalized medicine, lead the National Geographic January 2019 issue on the Future of Medicine. It was translated into more than 30 languages published around the world. Read the story here.

My story on the science of addiction appeared on the cover of National Geographic in September of 2017. I’m told it was one of the magazine’s best-selling issues. You can read it here.

My most recent book, Changing the Way We Die, is widely used in classes and workshops on compassionate end-of-life care. It was an Amazon best seller and winner of an Independent Book Publishers Award. I wrote it with my friend and longtime colleague Sheila Himmel. Learn more here.

Before venturing out as a freelancer, I worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for 20 years. I was part of a Pultizer Prize-winning team at the San Jose Mercury News. My articles have appeared in dozens of magazines and websites and in hundreds of newspapers.

This is my journalism website. To learn more about my services as an editor, a writing coach and a storytelling consultant, visit Fran Smith Media.

Photo Credit David Yarnold