He was shot in the hand during a crazy guy's shooting rampage at a city council meeting last year. "He immediately pulled out his cell phone with his left hand to call the Journals. 'I said they'd need to send somebody else, because I'd been shot in the hand.'" Could you maybe make your situation a little more heartbreaking, Todd?
"I got called in Tuesday and told I needed to be at a meeting on Wednesday," Smith said. "I'd heard that the Post and [an unnamed] reporter won an award for the Kirkwood coverage, so at first I thought it might be about that."