Washington Week looks back on the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 through the eyes of reporters who covered the grim events of that day. Hear their reflections of how the unspeakable tragedy ten years ago continues to impact America and the world.
Reporters Remember: The Morning of 9/11
Gwen and more than a dozen Washington Week journalists look back ten years to the September 11 terror attacks on New York, Washington, DC and Shanksville, Pennsylvania and share their most vivid and lasting rememberances. They share their personal stories of covering the unimaginable events of that single day that forever changed America.
Reporters Remember: Act of War
The attacks of September 11 killed nearly 3,000 innocent people and resulted in the U.S. “war on terror." Subsequently the Bush administration invaded Afghanistan to capture bin Laden, but soon after decided to take military action against Iraq. Washington Week reporters reflect on the politics and policy that launched the two wars that have defined the past decade.
Reporters Remember: Changing Journalism
September 11 changed the world and it changed journalism. As the United States went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, the news media faced new challenges. It brought about a new generation of war correspondents and journalists were criticized for not investigating the motives of the government. Our Washington Week reporters examine the huge impact 9/11 had on the news media.
Reporters Remember: What Has Changed Since 9/11
The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 were a national tragedy that affected the lives of all Americans in one way or another. From the way we think to politics to our lifestyles, the impact was felt by all of us. 10 years after that traumatic day, our Washington Week reporters reflect on how much and how little things have changed because of 9/11.
Gwen's Take: The Day that Changed Everything
I have long held that most of the people who grow up to be reporters are idealists. We like to think if we just dig deeper, understand better and listen harder, we will find something revealing – then get to share it with the world. But much of the time, reporters act as witnesses, as translators for transformative events.
Full Interviews: "I never thought I'd be a war correspondent"
Martha Raddatz (ABC News) and Nancy Youssef (McClatchy Newspapers), two female war correspondents, reflect on September 11, covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, befriending soldiers and Iraqis, and learning how to not be afraid in the battlefield.
Full Interviews: "We covered it as reporters but felt it as Americans"
David Wessel, the Wall Street Journal, discusses his experiences on September 11, the death of Daniel Pearl, and the economic effects of the terrorist attacks.
Full Interviews: "I found myself in the middle of this rebel encampment"
Peter Baker, the New York Times, remembers being in Moscow on September 11, 2001 and how he was immediately dispatched to Afghanistan. He also discusses his time as a White House correspondent and President George W. Bush's legacy.
Full Interviews: "Questions need to be asked, even in times of patriotism"
Jeff Zeleny (New York Times) and Doyle McManus (Los Angeles Times) discuss their memories of September 11, how journalism has changed, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and how U.S. Foreign policy became more important.
Vault: September 14, 2001
As part of PBS’s full evening special, America Responds, Gwen Ifill hosts a special Washington Week program just four days after attacks of 9/11 with reporting and analysis of that historic week from the late David Broder (Washington Post), Richard Berke (NY Times), Ceci Connolly (Washington Post), Martha Raddatz (ABC News), Barbara Bradley (NPR) and Alan Murray (Wall Street Journal).
Vault: September 13, 2001
As part of PBS's continuing coverage of the aftermath of 9/11, Gwen Ifill hosted a Washington Week Specail Edition featuring reporting and analysis from the late David Broder (Washington Post), Tom Gjelten (NPR), Richard Berke (NY Times), Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post), Gloria Borger (US News/CBS News) as President Bush, his cabinet and Congress decide how respond to the attacks.
Vault: September 12, 2001
As part of PBS’s continuing coverage of the aftermath of 9/11, Gwen Ifill hosted a Washington Week Special Edition featuring reporting and analysis from the late David Broder (Washington Post), Alan Murray (Wall St. Journal), David Shribman (Boston Globe) and with reaction from overseas from Julie McCarthy (NPR) in London and Tom Friedman (NY Times) in Jerusalem.
Vault: September 11, 2001
On the night September 11, 2001, as part of PBS’s continuing coverage, Gwen Ifill hosted a Washington Week Special Edition featuring reporting and analysis from the late David Broder (Washington Post), Doyle McManus (LA Times), Tom Gjelten (NPR) who was at then the Pentagon when it was attacked, and Martha Raddatz (ABC News) who was at the State Department when it was evacuated.