We started off our new season of "Third Wednesday" luncheons with a very interesting one. It was all about how the media covered the most horrible terrorist attacks on our shores, 9-11.
It's been 15 years since the 411 police, fire fighters and paramedics gave their lives trying to protect those they were serving, the people. It's been a decade and a half since the almost three thousand people lost their lives because of these attacks.
Our MC for the afternoon was Jay Lloyd from KYW Newsradio. Jay was covering the story from Washington, DC and the attack on the Pentagon.
Our panel, in alphabetical order, was:
Karen Curry, Executive Director of the Rudman Institute at Drexel
Harry Donahue, former KYW Newsradio Morning News Co-Anchor
Tony Hanson, former 1060, KYW Newsradio Street Reporter
Tim Lambert, Multimedia News Director for WITF in Harrisburg, PA
Robin Mackintosh, former KYW-TV, CBS 3 News Reporter
Terry Ruggles, former NBC 10, WCAU-TV Anchor and Street Reporter
MORE ABOUT OUR PANELISTS:
Karen Curry in 2001 was Executive Producer for the CNN News Network's coverage of 9-11 and its aftermath. She was Vice-President and New York Bureau Chief. Previously, she was NBC News' London Bureau Chief. There, she managed the largest bureau outside the U.S. and directed coverage of the United Kingdom and elsewhere including the death of Princess Diana.
Harry Donahue is well-known throughtout the Delaware Valley as the former morning news anchor on 1060, KYW Newsradio, the all-news radio voice of the Delaware Valley. Harry held that position for a quarter of a century and it was Harry who was on the air at the time of the terrorists attacks. It was he who first brought us the information on KYW Newsradio.
Tony Hanson is a highly regarded former street reporter for 1060, KYW Newsradio. When the big story broke, there's a good chance that Tony was there with a microphone in his hand. As far as 9-11, he was on the ground throughout the City of New York and Northern New Jersey with many news stories about the terrible situation in the Big Apple and at ground zero.
Tim Lambert was, in 2001, a reporter/anchor for WGET Radio, Gettysburg. Two years later, he moved to WITF, Harrisburg. In 2007, he was the only Pennsylvania broadcast journalist honored with a national Murrow Award for his report on the 5th anniversary of the crash of Flight 93. The story was a personal one for Tim; his family owned a portion of the crash site.
Robin Mackintosh is known as "a reporter's reporter" covering news in the Delaware Valley for over a third of a century for KYW-TV. Robin was one of the local television reporters on the ground during the station's live 9-11 coverage. Robin Mackintosh was also involved in numerous KYW-TV, CBS 3 broadcasts about 9-11 memorials and the aftermath of the attack.
Terry Ruggles, a member of Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia, joined WCAU-TV (now NBC 10) in 1974. His middle name should really be "Disaster." Since then, he has covered disaster after disaster. Hurricanes, Snowstorms, TMI and 9-11. He was in the Big Apple keeping the Delaware Valley informed with the aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster.
This was a serious topic and our panelists tried to tell you how it looked from their perspective. If you want to learn, you were there.
It all took place at the beautiful and historic Bala Golf Club, 2200 Belmont Avenue (across the street from the state police) in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia. Only minutes away from Channels 6, 10 and 17 and the radio stations in Bala Cynwyd. Call now for reservations.
Shortly, we will be posting complete video, so keep checking back!
WE WERE PROUD TO SEE YOU IN THE CROWD!