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09/11/11

TV News Reflects on 9/11/2001: ABC’s Christiane Amanpour and CNBC’s Jim Cramer

With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks approaching, TVNewser reached out to anchors, reporters, producers and executives for their thoughts on that day, and what they believe has changed in the last 10 years.

ABC’s Christiane Amanpour, who was at that time the chief international correspondent for CNN, was shooting a report for “60 Minutes” from Sierra Leone, West Africa:

As word of the 9/11 attacks started filtering out my CNN producer was desperately trying to reach me as CNN bosses wanted me on the story immediately. But Sierra Leone was virtually cut off from the world: only spotty cell phone coverage and the airport was closed because of the war. So CNN and “60 Minutes” had to airlift me out of there on a helicopter and I finally got to Abidjan, Ivory Coast several hours later. The airport manager took me to his private home to watch CNN coverage being broadcast around the world. It was the first time I was seeing those dreadful images. My blood ran cold, and my mind raced with the implications of what I was seeing.  Read more

TV News Reflects On 9/11/2001: ABC’s Chris Cuomo and Investigation Discovery’s Henry Schleiff

With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks approaching, TVNewser reached out to anchors, reporters, producers and executives for their thoughts on that day, and what they believe has changed in the last 10 years.

ABC News “20/20″ anchor Chris Cuomo, who covered 9/11 from downtown Manhattan:

For all the visual images, the haunting impression from watching tower 2 fall and then tower 1…was sound…a concussive event that sounded like an explosion and a vacuum simultaneously. Then silence…as people came through the debris…we were all choked by this nebulous mass of pulverized cement and paper and shoes and metal. It chased and overtook us; it stayed on for days on your body, months in the city, and forever in your mind.

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