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Challenger Explosion

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Challenger explosion.

In the dying days of PMs newspapers, the Challenger explosion marked a last hurrah. Working at Belo’s chain of suburban Dallas daily PMers, this was the only time in my career where ‘stop the presses!’ was heard in the newsroom. I was a cub wire editor responsible for six daily papers. That morning, for some reason, I decided to listen quietly to the live radio broadcast of the launch. After a few seconds of stunned disbelief — and before the AP flash came in — told my bureau chief, who then gave the stop press order. We remade the front page of each paper and were the the first on the streets that afternoon with a print story and images from that terrible day.

What are your memories of this day? How did your newsroom respond? Share your comments!

 

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One comment on “Challenger Explosion

  1. Kristin
    January 29, 2011

    Well, I was in kindergarten that day and I don’t know if we were watching it or not. Of course, I’ve seen the footage over and over since then so I don’t know what’s a real memory or not. I bet it was quite a day in the newsrooms across the country.

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