The morning of 9/11 began as an ordinary day.
I was first in the door at Capital C, the agency. I put a pot of coffee on and began to organize my schedule. My office was right by the front door and I enjoyed the morning banter with the amazing team that worked there, as they made their way in. And then my life and all who remember the day changed, and forever.
At 8:46 am on September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 flew into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Seventeen minutes later, at 9:03, the World Trade Center's South Tower was hit by United Airlines Flight 175. In total, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. We huddled around the television in the boardroom to come to terms with an attack on North American soil.
Today, on this special edition of Chatter that Matters, my special guest is Kevin Newman. He is one of North American’s most respected anchors, investigative reporters and documentary producers. Fresh from his own tour of duty anchoring the World News in the United States and being part of Good Morning America, Kevin had returned to Canada to launch a national news program for Global at the dinner hour. It was to be more friendly and accessible news, until a few days into his assignment Kevin had to take the anchors chair for 16 hours and quarterback the information and speculation that followed. Kevin takes us back to that day, and the twenty years of chaos and disruption that has followed. He talks about the price journalists pay to absorb the news, and how the pursuit of a career can also overpower the importance of family.
Kevin pulls no punches in calling out how the Canadian Government completely abandoned the Afghans that kept our soldiers and journalists alive.
I then bring back Armin Huska, from RBC to talk about the role brands and corporations must play in keeping journalism alive.
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