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Remembering being on the air on 9/11

Remembering being on the air on 9/11


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Grant and I were talking about N Sync. I can't remember why now, something the boy band did was in the news, but I remember that they were the topic because of the shock of going from that story to the World Trade Center on fire. Our editor at the time, Ben Winslow (now a reporter with the Deseret Morning News) came running into the booth.

"A plane just flew into the World Trade Center. Take News 4!! Take News 4!!" (That's a satellite channel.)

I remember thinking, "Calm down Ben." How wrong was I?

We reported the initial plane hitting the World Trade Center, and then were watching the monitors as we saw the second plane hit and knew - with the rest of the world - that we were under attack.

After that, the morning was fear and disbelief and adrenaline. A plane hit the Pentagon. Could it be so? A plane was headed to the White House. We reported that. We believed it at the time. It may have been true.

I didn't cry until I got off the air. And then I didn't stop until fatigue made me turn off the TV and fall asleep to the sound of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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