Ten Years Later, Veteran NY1 Anchor/Reporter Kristen Shaughnessy Describes the ‘Horrible Stuff’ of 9/11
It was a sunny late summer morning—64 degrees and not a cloud in the Manhattan sky on September 11, 2001.
With it being primary day in New York, Shaughnessy, NY1 weekend anchor since 1995, was positioned in Brooklyn at the time (8:46 a.m.) of the first strike on the World Trade Center towers.
She thought it was incredulous, if not impossible, when the newsroom alerted her about the breaking news.
Shaughnessy and her live truck operator broke down the gear and headed for the Brooklyn Bridge, which was already closed, save for emergency vehicles. Fortunately, Shaughnessy had built a friendship with some of the firefighters.
“Follow us,” she was told. “So we were the only two vehicles on the bridge.”
As the second plane already hit the other building, they pulled over at City Hall and Shaughnessy continued on by foot to the towers.