Brooks Smith


Brooks Smith is a lawyer by profession and a writer by heart. His essays, which have aired regularly on WCVE Public Radio since 2005, celebrate the nearly forgotten storylines of Richmond.

Whether on air or in print, Brooks’ writing is whimsical, irregular, and perhaps even prose-like. Wayne Farrar, WCVE Public Radio’s News Director, once described Brooks as having “the tenacity of a historian, the curiosity of a journalist, and the soul of a poet.” If any of this is true, then Brooks ascribes it to the soulful City he calls home, where stories seem to accrete on the banks of the James like so many pieces of driftwood. Brooks practices environmental law at Hunton & Williams LLP, and lives in Richmond’s Fan District with his wife and two children, Emma and Ethan.