09.08.11 6:12 AM ET
Reporters & Editors Remember 9/11
A defining moment for the country was also a defining one for Tina Brown, Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s editor in chief: she talks about the trauma of 9/11 and how it inspired her to become an American citizen.
Christopher Dickey, the Paris bureau chief and Middle East editor for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, had been reporting on al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden for nine years before September 11th. Dickey talks about immediately thinking bin Laden was the culprit—and shares a strange memory of a jogger that morning in Central Park.
Before he became a senior columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, John Avlon was a speechwriter for New York Mayor Rudoph Giuliani. He was with Giuliani on the day of the attack. Avlon talks about the difficulty and importance of one his duties in the days following the attacks: writing eulogies for responders who lost their lives.
Howie Kurtz reminds us that television news coverage of 9/11 was at times excessive and in poor taste—especially when graphic footage was used in, of all things, network promotional clips. Kurtz also asks: Has the media really become more focused on important issues since then, or are we back to business as usual?
Tom Weber, managing editor of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in 2001. His story begins after he’d exited the Chambers Street subway station, just blocks away from the World Trade Center, and minutes after the first plane had hit.