Craig Smith is best known for his "Sideline Smitty" column about high-school sports that appeared in The Seattle Times. Craig was at the Seattle Times for 32 years before retiring in late 2008. His earlier journalistic stops were at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Fairbanks, Alaska News-Miner, Charleston, W. Va. Gazette and Associated Press.
Craig is a graduate of Bothell High School where he played football and tennis. He claims to be the only football player in Bothell history to mess up the center snap from both the quarterback and center position. Craig went to the University of Washington where he majored in journalism and was editor-in-chief of the UW Daily.
Craig covered everything from hydroplanes to the Seahawks during his career at The Times but always enjoyed the freshness of high-school sports and the fact that students could learn life lessons from interscholastic athletics. He remembers the words of Dick Bennett, the former Wisconsin and Washington State basketball coach who said, "High-school coaches are the most important because they can do the most good."
Craig and his wife Julie have lived in Kirkland for more than 40 years and have two adult sons.