Covering Catastrophe

Now a documentary and 20-part docuseries
There is the taste of cement dust in this book.
Television Quarterly

Covering Catastrophe reveals what it was like for TV and radio journalists to report the most terrifying story of their lives – and our time.

The book is filled with dramatic firsthand accounts from national and local journalists on the front line of the September 11 attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. In a gripping moment-by-moment narrative, readers learn what journalists saw and how they got on the air that tragic day.

Covering Catastrophe was turned into a documentary by the U.S. State Department and distributed to embassies and consulates around the world. It has sparked two film projects that were produced by Wondrium in collaboration with the National September 11 Memorial and Museum: the feature-length documentary “Reporting 9/11 and Why It Still Matters” and the 20-part series hosted by Allison Gilbert, “Women Journalists of 9/11: Their Stories.”

The below journalists appear in either the film or 20-part series, sometimes both, among many others:

Savannah Gutherie, Maggie Haberman, Scott Pelley, Byron Pitts, Major Garrett, Dana Bash, Barbara Starr, Aaron Brown, Don Dahler, Ann Compton, William K. Rashbaum

Covering Catastrophe features many of the media luminaries listed above and more than 100 additional journalists, including:

Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Dan Rather, Mika Brzezinski, Judy Woodruff, Linda Wertheimer, Bob Edwards, David Martin, Ann Compton, Andrew Kirtzman, Beth Fertig, Amy Eddings, Ron Insana, Larry King, John King, Cynthia McFadden, Jon Scott, Anne Thompson, Rehema Ellis

Reviews

The text is pieced together like a quilt…The intensity created by this format represents the chaotic feeling of that day, which readers will re-live through the vivid descriptions of what the reporters saw and felt.
Library Journal
…riveting personal accounts…
Liz Smith, New York Post
There is the taste of cement dust in this book…Strung together the quotes become a record of news broadcasting as an organic, breathing, sometimes choking process that no amount of planning can predict.
Television Quarterly
Covering Catastrophe overflows with heartfelt eloquence… This extraordinary book lets broadcasters tell the behind-the-scenes story of September 11 in their own words.
Carl Sessions Stepp, American Journalism Review   (read full review)
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