by Greg Hughes
In honor of the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks, WRGW News is proud to present our coverage of the attacks, originally produced on 9/12/2001.
These two recordings were sent to us by Mr. Daniel Yang, GWU Class of 2003, who served as WRGW News' Assistant News Director from 2000 to 2002, as well as WRGW's Marketing Director in 2003.
In his own words:
"On Sept. 11, 2001, a number of us found refuge at WRGW's studios after being released from class that morning and were able to use the landline and Internet connection (smart phones didn't really exist yet) to keep in touch with friends/family while we watched the network news. Cell phone reception became jammed a few minutes after we saw the smoke rising from the Pentagon.
Around 11:45am, reporter Peter Cheng and I, armed with press credentials that I printed and laminated from my apartment that morning, along with a MiniDisc recorder and microphone, walked to the State Dept. -- towards an explosion we heard at 23rd & F -- to investigate what was going on (explosion reported on TV, but we broke the news first that it was only a car backfiring).
Marvin Center security kicked us out of the Marvin Center a little after noon, as the university started shutting down buildings in an attempt to corral students to a central location for receiving information. We were forced to go off air at that point, but continued gathering material for the next day's news.
It was a trying day for us all, but it felt good to have solidarity at WRGW and a sense of purpose that day. It's one of the reasons I'm still working in news."
Mr. Yang, who is now Assignment Editor for PBS NewsHour (www.newshour.pbs.org, www.twitter.com/@newshour), sent this to us of his own volition, and we are very grateful to him for that.