CBS4 Journalists Recall That Fateful Day And The Aftermath – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The events of September 11, 2001 are like a timestamp for those charged with reporting their aftermath.
CBS4 Sports presenter Jim Berry said the fateful day was burned into our memories.
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He said on the morning of September 11th that he was having breakfast at the counter of The Muffin Tin restaurant in Pinecrest.
“My sports programs were focused on soccer because the Dolphins and Vikings both won that weekend. When I turned and looked at the monitor, the sound was off, and then when I saw the first plane at the World Trade Center, I thought it was a terrible accident. But then when the second plane hit I realized it was something much more sinister, ”said Berry.
“As a native New Yorker, it tore my heart apart, it really hit me in the pit of my stomach,” said CBS4 news anchor Eliott Rodriguez.
The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon prompted thousands of journalists like Rodriguez to take action. CBS4 photojournalist Brian Shanahan recalls that his camera lens captured a local sense of panic.
“When they finally sent us downtown, they evacuated every skyscraper. I mean, thousands of people outside were staring up, most of them crying and wondering what just happened, ”Shanahan said.
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With the flights on the ground, other news teams, including CBS4 photojournalists Manny Alvarez and David Agudelo, have more than a thousand miles to Ground Zero at the Pentagon. There they made burning pictures of the nightmare.
“We saw a bunch of firefighters on the roof of the Pentagon and it looked like they had something and right when we went live we saw them throw the flag. You could just hear the crowd, there was some cheering, just a real moment, like a moment of victory and really a moment of real despair, ”remembers Agudelo.
CBS4 reporter Joan Murray recalled reporting a trail left by the hijackers in South Florida.
“Over time, we learned that they’d left quite a footprint here in South Florida, arguing over a bill in a condo, a local motel, and even a Hollywood bar,” said Murray.
In the days, weeks, and months after the attack, CBS4 covered the stories as America mourned and regrouped.
Berry said for him he knew the games would resume. Life would go back to normal for Mary Mabjeesh, the owner of the deli where he had breakfast that morning, but twenty years later she still wonders if things will ever feel like this again.
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“We are not prepared for such things. I mean it happened once. It could happen again, but God forbid. I hope we are prepared, ”said Mary Mabjeesh.