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On Valley Edition: September 11, 2001 Ten Years Later

On this special edition of Valley Edition, we take a look back at the events of September 11, 2001 as we approach the 10th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C. We talk with Valley residents who were at Ground Zero that day and learn more about their personal journeys in dealing with the tragedy, a decade later.

On today’s Valley Edition, we look back to the events of nearly 10 years ago, September 11, 2001. Former New York City firefighter and 9/11 first responder Andrew Isolano joins host Juanita Stevenson to share his story of that day, and his colleagues that perished. Fresno resident Eric Field, who also was at the World Trade Center at the time of the attack, joins us with his memories of that day.

Later in the program Kamal Abu-Shamsieh, director of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno shares his thoughts on how the reaction to the 9/11 attacks has changed life for Muslim Americans and others in the Central Valley.

Terry Abbott, former Chief of Staff at the US Department of Education, gives us his first-hand account of the events of that day as he accompanied President Bush at an appearance at an elementary school in Florida, and talks about the challenges of explaining the attacks to young people.

And finally, Cathy Caples of HandsOn Central California joins the conversation to talk about upcoming volunteer events like the National Day of Service, which will help to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

Juanita Stevenson has lived and worked in Fresno for the past 24 years. She is perhaps best known to Valley residents as a longtime reporter and news anchor with local television station ABC30, and has also worked at stations KJWL, KYNO and ValleyPBS. She is the recipient of the 2001 Associated Press Award for Best Reporting, and the 1997 Radio & Television News Directors Association Regional Edward R. Murrow award for Best Reporting.