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Professor launches podcast on the journalists behind the 9/11 coverage

September 08, 2021

Journalism professor Ben Bogardus smiles as his students surround him during class

The Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio in the School of Communications will debut a series of 10 episodes on the stories behind the September 11, 2001 coverage, beginning this Friday.

Each episode will focus on one journalist from news organizations in New York, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Ohio.

“The biggest lesson here was how dedicated local journalists are to covering news for their communities,” said Ben Bogardus, assistant professor of journalism and director of the series. “The journalists I talked with said they went into work on their days off, worked 12-hour shifts for weeks on end, worked through personal tragedies, and never even thought of quitting. They took their work and their responsibilities seriously, even in the most difficult circumstances imaginable.”

The journalists include:

  • Dennis House, who was an anchor/reporter at WFSB-TV, the Connecticut CBS affiliate

  • Dawn Ennis, who was a producer at WCBS-TV, the New York City CBS affiliate

  • Suzanne Kennedy, who was a reporter at WJLA-TV, the Washington, D.C., ABC affiliate

  • Kenn Venit, a news consultant and longtime WTNH-TV anchor/reporter, the Connecticut ABC affiliate

  • Rebecca Baldwin, who was a receptionist at WKYC-TV, the Cleveland local NBC affiliate

  • Amy Parmenter, who was a reporter at KYW radio in Philadelphia

    Joe Little, who was a reporter at WWCP-TV in Fox Johnstown, Pennsylvania

  • Wasim Ahmad, who was a news editor at the student newspaper at Binghamton University

  • Jon Rosen, who was an executive producer at WTNH-TV, the Connecticut ABC affilate

  • Bill Prasad, who was a freelance reporter at WTTG-TV, the Fox affiliate in Washington, D.C.

“I’m most excited about sharing the deep, emotional stories the journalists tell. Each story has its own theme and takes listeners along on the journalists’ personal journey that day, sharing personal details and experiences that stick with you long after the episode ends,” Bogardus said. “As one reporter said, ‘It was an honor to be there because it was so important and so critical to tell the story with dignity and respect and poise and calm despite what I was feeling physically and emotionally. But I didn't think twice about not going or that this is going to be dangerous or hard or emotionally draining. You just go.’”

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