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For immediate release
July 31, 2002
Contact:
NPR: Laura Gross,
202-513-2304,
lgross@npr.org

NPR'S Coverage of September 11, 2002
Voices of Reflection

WASHINGTON, DC-On the first anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, NPR® News will present live, nearly 24-hour coverage, beginning September 11, 2002, at 5 a.m. and ending September 12 at 1 a.m. EST. This special production, Voices of Reflection, will be available to all NPR member stations and will include live coverage of memorial events plus NPR's signature in-depth reports, interviews and music. For a list of NPR stations, visit npr.org/members.

NPR's Neal Conan in Washington, DC, and Scott Simon, based in New York City, will co-host the day's news and events, providing live coverage integrated with regularly scheduled NPR produced and distributed shows. Throughout the day, NPR will take listeners to live events in New York City, the Pentagon/Washington, DC, Shankesville, Pa. and other locations around the country. From noon to 4 p.m. EST, Conan will host a live call-in special. Susan Stamberg and Fred Child will co-host a special evening of news and music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Other public radio documentaries will air from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

A musical track by pianist Alex Grant called The Tulip and the Acorn from Grant's CD, Metaphor, will weave the day's coverage together. The track was also part of NPR's coverage on September 11, 2001.

In the days leading up to the anniversary, NPR will make available an hour-long documentary, produced by NPR News and hosted by Susan Stamberg, examining changes in U.S. foreign policy, the impact on civil liberties in the U.S. and on the development of technological advances in research and intelligence gathering.

All Things Considered will feature pieces from Lost & Found Sound's Sonic Memorial Project on September 9, 10 and 11. The segments will include portraits, remembrances, messages, poetry and music - an impressionistic gathering of sounds and stories of the of the World Trade Center area. The Sonic Memorial Project commemorates the life and history of the World Trade Center and its neighborhood through rare recordings, historical records and personal stories. Spearheaded by NPR and The Kitchen Sisters - Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva - The Sonic Memorial Project is a national collaboration involving more than 50 independent radio producers from New York and around the country and NPR News.

NPR received a George Foster Peabody award and an Overseas Press Club award for broadcast excellence around coverage of September 11, 2001.

NPR also received praise from the journalism community for coverage related to September 11, 2001. According to The Hartford Courant, "the imagination and intelligence that have gone into NPR's stories from New York, Washington, Afghanistan and elsewhere have been remarkable. In stories such as this, NPR shows the power of radio, the voice without the picture, to engage the mind and make it work with the imagination." The American Journalism Review wrote, "Luckily, NPR was there, with intelligent pieces and a devotion to giving people time and space to tell their stories."


NPR, renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, serves a growing audience of nearly 20 million Americans each week via more than 680 public radio stations. NPR Online at www.npr.org brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwide, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.