Award-winning journalist Doug Smith was recognized as a 2013 Montaigne Medal finalist for his first novel, Same Same. The Montaigne Medal is given in honor of French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, who influenced people such as William Shakespeare, Rene Descartes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Eric Hoffer. It is awarded to the most thought-provoking titles each year that either illuminate, progress, or redirect thought, and is a special distinction beneath the Eric Hoffer Award umbrella.

Smith’s first novel traces a long-time friendship between dueling political columnists – one black, the other white – as they track down the killer of a beloved colleague while producing weekly commentaries during Barack Obama’s rise to the presidency.

Smith is an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of successful achievement as an editor and writer with three of the most influential newspapers in the United States – Newsday, The New York Post and USA Today.