CBS Special Coverage

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07.31.2006

CBS NEWS TO MARK THE FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEPT. 11 TERRORIST ATTACKS WITH A DIVISION-WIDE EFFORT BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 6, HIGHLIGHTED BY A PRIMETIME SPECIAL ANCHORED BY KATIE COURIC All CBS News Broadcasts, CBSNews.com and CBS Radio News Will Offer Extensive Coverage Beginning That Day


CBS News will mark the five-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., with far-ranging Division-wide reports and interviews--highlighted by a primetime special, FIVE YEARS LATER -- HOW SAFE ARE WE?, anchored by Katie Couric, Wednesday, Sept. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network

The primetime special will feature reports from CBS News correspondents around the country and the world five years after the worst terrorist attack in the country’s history, including CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan, National Correspondent Byron Pitts, National Security Correspondent David Martin and Correspondent Jim Stewart, among others. FIVE YEARS LATER will examine the state of the country’s homeland security today, the continuing threat of future attacks and how the government is working to prevent them, and how Americans have been coping with lingering fears and anxiety, post-9/11.

Earlier that day, THE EARLY SHOW and the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC will begin coverage of the anniversary, as well, with analysis from Bob Schieffer on the EVENING NEWS.

Following the Sept. 6 Division-wide day of CBS News programming, coverage will continue:

• On Sunday, Sept.10, FACE THE NATION, CBS NEWS SUNDAY MORNING and 60 MINUTES will provide fifth anniversary coverage. FACE THE NATION (10:30-11:00 AM, ET) will be anchored by Schieffer in Washington, D.C. with contributions from correspondents in New York, and SUNDAY MORNING (9:00-10:30 AM, ET/PT) and 60 MINUTES (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) will mark the event with related reports.

• Couric will anchor the CBS EVENING NEWS live from Ground Zero in New York City on Monday, Sept. 11 (6:30-7:30 PM, ET/PT). The broadcast will also feature a series of reports from CBS News correspondents, including Investigative Correspondent Armen Keteyian, Pitts and Logan, the latter in Afghanistan.

• THE EARLY SHOW (7:00-9:00 AM, ET/PT) will provide extensive coverage on Sept. 11 with Harry Smith anchoring live from Ground Zero. EARLY SHOW National Correspondent Tracy Smith will speak with survivors and report on the ongoing rebuilding efforts at the site. The broadcast will also include live coverage of the commemorative ceremonies scheduled for New York and Washington, D.C.

• In addition to a live webcast of all Sept. 11 commemorative events, CBSNews.com will provide comprehensive special section coverage with original text, video, and rich interactive reporting that looks at what we've learned and where we stand now in the war on terror, the rebuilding the Trade Center site and the health issues facing 9/11 heroes. The web site looks back with thousands of photos and hundreds of video clips of CBS News coverage from five years ago.

• CBS Radio News will produce a four-part special, Sept. 5-8, examining the issue of how safe the country really is. It will also provide extensive coverage on Sept. 11 with reporters and broadcasts originating from the scene of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Shanksville crash site, as well as live anchored coverage of the ceremony at Ground Zero. There will be wrap-up reports throughout the afternoon and a one-hour special fed to stations at 7:10 PM, ET, focusing on the 9/11 remembrance ceremonies and the state of national security five years later.

• A CBS News/New York Times poll will be conducted to determine how Americans feel about the state of national security and other related issues five years later. The information will appear on CBS News broadcasts, CBSNews.com and CBS Radio News programming beginning Sept. 6.

Beginning at 8:52 AM, ET on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, CBS News broadcast live coverage of the tragedy and its aftermath to the country for the following 93 hours and 8 minutes without commercial interruption. The coverage ended at 6:00 AM, ET, on Saturday, Sept. 15, and marked the longest continuous coverage of any story in the history of CBS and CBS News. (The next news event on that list is the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, with 54 hours and 53 minutes of live coverage, including overnight breaks at a time when the network signed off late at night and did not transmit any programming.)

The executive producer of the primetime special is Susan Zirinsky.

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