Arkansas Press Women

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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!


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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