Denver Smith, 25 Years Later

2008 marked a quarter century since a promising Indiana University football player was shot and killed by police, igniting outrage from the school’s African-American community. Daniel Robison’s story recounts the events of the night Smith died, through the eyes of the police officer who shot him, Smith’s wife and the newspaper sports editor who still feels guilt at the thought he might have been able to save Smith’s life, if only he’d known the athlete was in trouble.

Daniel Robison

Daniel started as WFIU's Assistant News Director in July 2008. He graduated with a B.A. in history in 2007 and earned an M.A. in journalism two years later. Daniel hosts Ask the Mayor weekly and the occasional Noon Edition. He also hosts Morning Edition on Thursdays, sleepily. Daniel's beats include everything News Director Stan Jastrzebski wants him to cover. And it feels strange to type biography of myself in the third person like this. So that's that.

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  • browngreg93

    Denver Smith did not do Steroids. He did not need to. He got his strength the old fashioned way…through hard work. We used to laugh at all of the Roid heads who were riding the bench.

    I knew Denver personally…played football with him at IU, and knew him in High School. He was a kind and gentle man who had a healthy fear of authority. Something happened to trigger him….but trust me, it wasn't steroids

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