September 1st, 2011

CNN To Provide Global, Multi-Platform Live Coverage of the 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11th

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 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.

At 1 p.m. ET, a special broadcast of Fareed Zakaria GPS will feature an interview with former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and anchor Fareed Zakaria.

Before the global simulcast, T.J. Holmes will anchor CNN Newsroom from Ground Zero beginning at 6 a.m. ET on CNN/U.S.

On HLN, “Weekend Express with Natasha Curry” will broadcast coverage of commemorations from across the country with reports from Jane Velez-Mitchell at Trinity Church talking to Americans about how they are remembering this day.

Leading up to Sept. 11, CNN will broadcast special programming:

Beyond Bravery: The Women of 9/11 will air on Monday, Sept. 5 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT (replay on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 2:00 a.m. ET), and profiles the sometimes overlooked female rescue workers who raced to the Twin Towers in the wake of the attack.  Anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien looks at the work of these rescue workers over the decade following their life-altering experiences.  Among the stories of these heroic women of New York’s Ground Zero is an African-American firefighter whose company lost seven of the 343 fire fighters who died that day.  She is pushing to recruit more women to this dangerous job, even as the number of female firefighters has dropped to less than one percent of the NYFD.  O’Brien also speaks with the family of decorated police officer and mother who was photographed rescuing survivors just moments before the collapse of the towers.  O’Brien reports the present-day health and emotional struggles of these unsung heroines and hears about their determination to be prepared for the next attack –and to restore hope.

On Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT (replay on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET), CNN will debut Footnotes of 9/11.  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 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.

On Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT (replay on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 9:00 p.m. ET), Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: Terror in the Dust, will examine how responders who breathed in the toxic dust and noxious fumes at New York City’s Ground Zero are coping with the health 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 severe respiratory ailments, immune problems and, some suspect, a greatly increased cancer risk.  Ten years after the attacks chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks to first responders who continue to experience emotional trauma Dr. Gupta’s investigation includes never before broadcast footage of the collapse of the Twin Towers, the medical consequences of the killer dust, and safety recommendations for future crisis responses.

On Friday, Sept. 9 at 11:00 p.m. ET (with replays on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. ET/PT), CNN will broadcast from TIME in association with HBO, Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience, featuring untold stories from 40 women and men who led and sacrificed for America in the hours, days, and months that followed the attacks.

Kathleen Johnston, Brian Rokus, and Bud Bultman produced FOOTNOTES of 9/11, Stephanie Smith and Roni Selig produced TERROR IN THE DUST, and Rose Arce and Geraldine Moriba produced BEYOND BRAVERY.’s coverage of the anniversary will reflect on what has changed since Sept. 11th and where the country is going next through a series of original editorial and opinion pieces throughout the site.  On Sept. 11, CNN also will live-stream the first few hours of coverage from ten years earlier on and on the CNN Apps, as well as coverage of live events throughout the day beginning at 7:30 a.m.  ET.

For the first time, has also commissioned digital and visual artists to interpret the ripple effect of Sept. 11th, from a global scale to a personal level.  Using artist photography and video, will tell the story of the effects Sept. 11th had across the world in a unique, visual way.

CNN iReport is exploring how the events of Sept. 11th united the country by pairing up several iReporters who shared similar stories from that day.  iReport, the network’s global participatory news community,  is connecting these iReporters (who have never met), but nonetheless have strong connections and they will talk about their experiences over the past 10 years. Through the September 11th assignment, iReport will showcase their conversations, along with many other 9/11 stories in a special interactive on

HLN: Your Neighborhood Remembers 9/11 will showcase how communities across the country have triumphed over tragedy.  From small towns to big cities, HLN will share stories of reflection and resilience throughout the week and weekend of Sept. 11, including celebrity and family interviews, tributes, troop celebrations and community rallies, culminating in a prime special hosted by Jane Velez-Mitchell, “Your Neighborhood Remembers” on Monday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m. ET.

HLN will also air special “Salute to Troops” tributes from Afghanistan and Iraq focusing on how soldiers are remembering Sept. 11th, and “Welcome Home” segments will feature troops as they reunite with their families. Additional HLN special programming includes:

Special Report: America Then and Now (Friday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m. ET) takes an in-depth look at how Americans’ lives changed on Sept. 11th, examining how we live our lives now versus then.

“Dr. Drew” (Friday, Sept. 9, at 9 p.m. ET) will look at how families have re-built since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th, sharing stories of people whose lives were directly impacted that day, including victims families and children of Sept. 11th who lost parents.

“Joy Behar” (Friday, Sept. 9, at 10 p.m. ET) Joy, at the center of it all in New York, will talk to celebrities and newsmakers on the effects of Sept. 11th, 10 years later, including how this day is remembered and lessons learned over the past 10 years.

                “Morning Express with Robin Meade” (Monday, Sept. 12, 6 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET) will broadcast a positive and triumphant show that will recap remembrances, and showcase local stories and i-Reports.

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Bridget Leininger                 404.827.1621                         @bleiningercnn