NPRs Coverage of 9/11/2001 "The 10 Year Anniversary"

WESUN host Audie Cornish will anchor our special coverage from 8am to 2pm

Audie will be joined by Robert Siegel at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tom Gjelten at the Pentagon, and John Ydstie in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Robert, Tom, and John reported from those sites in the days following the attacks, and they will guide us through the 10th anniversary events at each location. We'll also get insight from Washington Editor Ron Elving, National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea, and White House Correspondent Mara Liasson in our Washington studios, and Counter-terrorism Correspondent Dina Temple-Raston from NPR New York. Morning Edition host Renee Montagne will be on the line from Kabul, Afghanistan; Quil Lawrence will join us from an embed with troops in Afghanistan; and Kelly McEvers will be with us from Baghdad.

Audie will also talk with other NPR reporters at various locations in New York City; victims of the attacks and their family members; newsmakers; military personnel; and outside experts on terrorism, intelligence, American culture, international relations, and the Middle East.

At 2pm ET, Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan will take over hosting our live coverage until 5pm ET.

Neal will be joined by our correspondents at the remote sites mentioned above, as well as by NPR commentator Ted Koppel. Neal will talk with first responders who were called to the sites 10 years ago, and with victims' family members and survivors of the attacks. He will also take calls from listeners about their memories of September 11th, 2001, and will ask them to reflect on how their lives were shaped by the events of that day.

Hre are some of the stories that NPR is working on:

* An investigative report from NPR's Daniel Zwerdling examining the Mall of America in Minnesota. Under a new national initiative, popular sites from shopping malls to sports stadiums have hired private security teams who are supposed to spot and interrogate "suspicious persons" -- and then report them to local police and the FBI. NPR and the Center for Investigative Reporting are examining how the program works -- or doesn't.

* NPR's National Security Team will also explore coordination between intelligence and law enforcement communities, airline security, watch lists and others, and report on efforts to go after al Qaeda. Besides killing bin Laden, there has been an aggressive campaign to take out key operatives. Of the top 20 or so al Qaeda figures, more than a dozen have been killed. NPR will assess al Qaeda's ability to strike back.

* NPR's National Security Team will also explore coordination between intelligence and law enforcement communities, airline security, watch lists and others, and report on efforts to go after al Qaeda. Besides killing bin Laden, there has been an aggressive campaign to take out key operatives. Of the top 20 or so al Qaeda figures, more than a dozen have been killed. NPR will assess al Qaeda's ability to strike back.

* A report from NPR's National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea on the effect 9/11 has had on American politics.

* A profile on Cantor Fitzgerald, the financial services firm that lost nearly 700 employees in the World Trade Center.

* A profile of a Muslim community, deeply affected by the U.S.' shifting attitudes over the last ten years.

* Morning Edition host Renee Montagne will report from Afghanistan in September to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Renee first traveled to Afghanistan just after the U.S. led coalition forced Taliban leaders from power. She will return to some of the people and places she's grown to know in her earlier trips. Her coverage will also assess the state of Afghan governance and security, asking both Afghan leaders and the U.S.' top brass about the future of American troops and money in that country's ongoing conflict. This will be her sixth trip to Afghanistan.

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