The terror attacks of September 11, 2001 were centered around the East Coast, but its effect was felt in nearly all corners of the country. Ahead of Saturday’s anniversary, newspaper editors around the US are publishing powerful front pages with unique stories that capture how local communities are still grappling with the tragedy 20 years later.
Tim Cotter, executive editor of The Day in New London, Connecticut, said that his staff reached out to people in the area ahead of the anniversary so they could feature their personal stories. The Day’s front page on Friday included a story
compiling many of those memories from the day of the attacks as well as a profile
of a New London resident who had served as a volunteer construction worker at ground zero to clean up the aftermath.
“We wanted to hear from people,” Cotter told CNN Business. “It’s a moment that people will always remember where they were, what they were doing.”
The Day plans to publish a story on Sunday about how the Muslim community in the area has been affected, Cotter said. The Daily Herald, a newspaper covering suburban Chicago, featured a story
about that same topic on its Friday front page.
John Lampinen, senior vice president of Paddock Publications and editor of the Daily Herald, told CNN Business that his paper has been running a week-long series about the anniversary.
“[W]e wanted to teach or remind our audience what that day was like, how real and human it felt, how all of us as people responded — to teach or remind our audience that there was a time when the country came together; a time when the divisions disappeared,” Lampinen wrote in an email. “And we wanted to teach or remind our audience that as universal as all this felt, there were some who felt left out — those in the Muslim community, in particular, even though they shared in the incredible heartache.”
The Day in New London, Connecticut
Daily Herald in Suburban Chicago, Illinois
Daily Tribune in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Bristol Herald Courier in Bristol, Virginia
Idaho Statesman in Boise, Idaho
Burlington Free Press in Burlington, Vermont
Omaha World-Herald in Omaha, Nebraska
St. Louis Post-Dispatch in St. Louis, Missouri
Beatrice Daily Sun in Beatrice, Nebraska
News Tribune in Jefferson City, Missouri
The Daily News in Newburyport, Massachusetts
Florida Today in Melbourne, Florida
The Huntsville Times in Huntsville, Alabama