While studying psychology at Reading University he helped to edit the student newspaper. On graduating he spent a year travelling around the world, then worked at the Wokingham Times and Reading Evening Post. In 2000 he moved to London to work for the Pink Paper, becoming editor ten months later. In 2005 he arranged the sale of the Pink Paper to Millivres Prowler Group (MPG) and later became group editor-in-chief for MPG, in charge of GT and the group's other publications.
He was ranked number 81 in the Pink List 2010. The citation said:
- "Overseeing two of the gay media's most influential titles [Gay Times and Pink Paper], Reid-Smith reaches some 400,000 readers. GT sparked one of the big stories of the election when David Cameron stumbled over his position on gay equality in a filmed interview."
In 2011 he left MPG, and set up Gay Star News with his partner Scott Nunn.
- http://www.gaystarnews.com/author/tris-reid-smith Gay Star News, "Tris Reid-Smith"
- http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/the-iiosi-pink-list-2010-2040472.html Independent on Sunday Pink List 2010