Tim Smith began his journalistic career in his native city as a freelance classical music critic for the Washington Star and Washington Post. After nearly two decades as a national and regional award-winning classical music critic at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, he held the same position for more than 18 years at the Baltimore Sun, where he also served as theater critic and, in the last year before retiring in November 2018, restaurant reviewer. He earned an M.A, in music history at Occidental College, Los Angeles; a B.A. in music history at Eisenhower College, Seneca Falls, N.Y. He lives in Baltimore County with his husband, two cats and a whole lot of cool stuff.