CNN Marks 9/11 With Special Programming and Virtual Event

CNN Marks 9/11 With Special Programming and Virtual Event

Beginning September 5, CNN commemorates the 20th anniversary with special content from CNN Films and Special Reports

September 1st, 2021


As America remembers 9/11, CNN will mark the 20th anniversary with long-form programming specials reported by anchors Victor Blackwell (CNN Newsroom) and Jake Tapper (The Lead and State of the Union) and CNN Films Presents: 9/11, introduced by Denis Leary, beginning September 5th.

Additional special programming will air on CNN including live coverage of events in New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC on September 11th.

CNN will also host a special CITIZEN BY CNN virtual event on September 9th at 12pm, ET with Dana BashWolf BlitzerJim Sciutto and Clarissa Ward.

CNN Films Presents:  9/11 – Sunday, Sept. 5 at 8pm ET on CNN
Directed, filmed, and executive produced by Gédéon and Jules Naudet and James Hanlon9/11 is a minute-by-minute portrayal of the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, from the perspective of the first responders who answered the call on that fateful day. The brothers documented the heroic rescue efforts throughout the day, often separated from each other to follow different teams, and continued filming the collapse of both towers, even from inside Tower One as it began to fall.  9/11 also explores where some of those rescuers are today. CNN Films Presents: 9/11 will also air on CNN International and CNN en Español at 8pm, ET.

CNN Special Report: Front Row to History: The 9/11 Classroom reported by Victor Blackwell – Sunday, Sept. 5 at 10pm ET on CNN
Victor Blackwell revisits the harrowing day through the lens of the second-grade students and their beloved teacher when President George W. Bush got word of the second plane hitting the World Trade Center. Featuring exclusive interviews with the students – now in their late 20’s – their teacher, and access to their classroom, the special explores their experiences and continued connection to that terrifying day.  The Blackwell-led special will also air on CNN International at 10pm, ET.

CITIZEN BY CNN 9/11, 20 Years Later: Remembrance and Ramifications – Thursday, Sept. 9 at 12pm Virtual Event
Dana Bash, Wolf Blitzer, Jim Sciutto and Clarissa Ward will reflect on the anniversary of 9/11 and discuss the aftermath in Afghanistan during this special CITIZEN BY CNN virtual event.  Register at

CNN Special Report:  America’s Longest War:  What Went Wrong in Afghanistan reported by Jake Tapper: Sunday, Sept. 12 at 9pm ET on CNN 
Jake Tapper hosts a new two-hour CNN Special Report on the end of America’s longest war. Twenty years after the initial invasion, Tapper sits down with U.S. veterans and the top commanders who led U.S. troops into the battlefield of Afghanistan spanning four administrations and two decades, including Gens. McChrystalPetraeus and Lt. Gen. Barno. The generals, no longer in uniform, are ready to talk and speak candidly with Tapper about the withdrawal and what they believe really went wrong in Afghanistan. The Tapper-led special also airs on CNN International at 9pm, ET.