When the terror attacks of 9/11/2001 happened, I worked as a producer for Sat.1/N24 TV in Washington, watching the Pentagon burn from the roof of our downtown offices. While all access to New York was officially declared closed, I drove together with cameraman Markus Zeffler from DC to NY on the next morning. Making our way into Manhattan, we reported around the clock, becoming physically and – even more so – emotionally exhausted. When the NYPD announced after a few days that every reporter needed an NYPD press pass, we got such press passes. I used one of my shoelaces to put it around my neck. And for ten more days I had no time to find either a new shoelace or a simple string for the pass. The shoelace is still attached to my old press pass.
9/13/2001 happened to be my first time on live TV.
Interview with Donald Trump 9/13/2001 (german/english):
Subsequently I reported frequently from New York covering 9/11 anniversaries and the rebuilding of the World Trade Center,
which Donald Trump had so precisely predicted to be even more majestic.
My production of a Sat.1 documentary about the 9/11 events received a “Telly Finalist” award.