Craig R. Smith won the Ehninger Award for contributions to rhetorical theory and the Gronbeck Award for research on political communication, both from the National Communication Association. He also won that organization’s Robert O’Neil Award three times for scholarly papers on the First Amendment. After completing a PhD, he taught at San Diego State University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Alabama, where he founded the Communication Studies Department. He also served as a full-time speechwriter for President Gerald Ford, as a consulting writer to George H. W. Bush and as a consultant to CBS News for convention, election, and inaugural coverage. He served as founding president of the Freedom of Expression Foundation in Washington, DC from 1983 to 1988. He then became a full Professor at California State University, until he retired in 2015. He has published 19 books and over 85 scholarly articles.