CNN.com’s coverage of the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks explores the changes experienced individually as well as on a national and international level. The coverage includes visceral interactives, live streaming of the memorial coverage, a custom 9/11 iReport assignment , CNN's original on-air video from that day, opinion pieces and enterprise reporting.
As the United States memorializes the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the nation, Fareed Zakaria sits down with former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for an in-depth special broadcast of CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS.
In a wide-ranging interview that is set to air on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, Rumsfeld, the author of Known and Unknown: A Memoir, will talk about where he was and what he was doing on that fateful day, providing a window to his advice for President Bush in the hours following the attacks, his reflections on the decision to go to war with Iraq, and his thoughts about what has changed in the ten years since.
This edition of FAREED ZAKARIA GPS will air Sunday, September 11 at 1:00p.m. ET on CNN/U.S. and 4:00p.m. ET on CNN International. For more information on this interview, please visit: www.cnn.com/gps.
Ten years later, responders who breathed the toxic dust and noxious fumes at New York City’s Ground Zero while searching for survivors are still suffering the effects of the attacks. The environmental hazards at the World Trade Center disaster site – mercury from fluorescent light bulbs, dioxin and benzene emitted as the jets burned, asbestos from the building materials, and more – have caused post-traumatic symptoms, severe respiratory ailments, immune problems and, some suspect, a greatly increased cancer risk. Chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s investigation reveals the consequences of 9/11’s killer dust – and what the experience may mean for the next time disaster strikes.
This documentary debuts WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7 at 11:00 pm ET & PT and replays on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 9:00pm ET.
CNN investigative correspondent Drew Griffin reports on the people who went to work on 9/11 – and unexpectedly became part of history. Each of the eight people profiled by investigative correspondent Drew Griffin for this documentary is mentioned in The 9/11 Commission Report – their unique experiences are drawn from the 1,742 footnotes of that report and offer critical detail to the tragic events of that day – they are literal and figurative footnotes to one of America’s darkest days. They include ticket agents who checked in some of the terrorists, a maintenance technician who answered a call from one of the planes under attack, and the Lt. Col. in the Massachusetts Air National Guard – also a United Airlines pilot – who scrambled to provide defense to New York, and faced possibly having to shoot down a passenger plane.
This documentary debuts TUESDAY, Sept. 6 at 11:00 pm ET & PT and replays on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8:00pm ET.
Among the heroes of September 11th were female rescue workers who raced to the Twin Towers in the wake of the attack. Anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien tells the stories of female law enforcement officers, fire fighters, EMS workers and others who spent their lives defying macho stereotypes as they fought for access to jobs that require them to risk their lives for others. Among the heroines is an African-American probationary firefighter whose company lost 7 of the 343 that died that day, and a young mother and decorated police officer last seen directing others to safety just before the WTC collapsed. O’Brien profiles these unsung heroes and, of the survivors, reports their present-day health struggles, their continuing mourning, and their determination to be prepared for the next attack.
This documentary now debuts MONDAY, Sept. 5 at 11:00 pm ET & PT and replays on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 9:00pm ET.
On the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11th, CNN will broadcast live from New York, Washington, D.C., Shanksville, Penn., Afghanistan and Pakistan. CNN’s special live coverage will air across CNN/U.S., CNN International, and CNN en Español; and CNN.com and CNN Apps will live stream events throughout the day. In addition, and throughout the week, HLN will air HLN: Your Neighborhood Remembers 9/11, a series of specials and reports showcasing how communities across the country have triumphed over tragedy.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, beginning at 8:00 a.m. ET, CNN’s global broadcast will be anchored by Anderson Cooper and Candy Crowley from New York City’s Ground Zero, joined by CNN International anchor Becky Anderson, chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien. Wolf Blitzer will anchor from the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., joined by Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr. John King will anchor from the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Penn. Correspondent Nick Paton Walsh will contribute from Pakistan, and anchor Suzanne Malveaux and senior international correspondent Nic Robertson will contribute to CNN’s coverage from Afghanistan. On Sept. 11th, 2001, Robertson was one of the only Western television journalists in Taliban-held Afghanistan, and reported on the Taliban response and the attacks by the Northern Alliance on Kabul live via satellite videophone. Senior anchor Patricia Janiot and anchor Juan Carlos López will lead CNN en Español’s coverage from Ground Zero with regular reports by Adriana Hauser in New York and Ione Molinares from the Pentagon.
During the week leading up to the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, CNN will premiere four one-hour productions on its domestic network. In investigations led by chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, investigative correspondent Drew Griffin, and anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien, CNN is reporting new insights into the health consequences experienced by the first responders working at New York’s Ground Zero, examining the events of that day through the eyes of people who were on the front lines of one of America’s most tragic days, and profiling several unsung heroines who saved lives on that day. A fourth presentation from TIME in association with HBO features a collection of TIME magazine oral histories from people who experienced the events of that day as they unfolded, and their reflections as the nation reacted in the days, months, and years afterwards.
“It was a day that changed us all and CNN is leveraging its unmatched resources to cover remembrances from around the nation and the world as we look back on 9/11 and what it means a decade later,” says Bart Feder, senior vice president of programming for CNN. “In addition, these documentaries tell stories we feel will evoke pride in the heroism and bravery of the Americans who risked their lives, and some who sacrificed themselves on that day to save others. And, they present an opportunity to remember the difficult work of first responders – and our servicemen and women on the front lines overseas – who continue to try to keep this nation safe each day.” FULL POST