Illustration by JRI

An Inside Look

To learn more about the project and those who participated, please attend this special event:

Reflection, Recognition, and Discussion -- A screening of the video documentary about The 9/11 Project and a panel discussion with the project's students and faculty.

Tuesday, September 13. 7pm - 9pm.

Alexander Library, 4th Floor, Scholarly Communication Center
169 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ

To RSVP, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Ground Zero Trip

Students in The 9/11 Project course spent an entire semester learning about the tragedy, interviewing those who have been personally affected by it, and listening to people who were somehow involved with 9/11.  For the final class, Professors Ron Miskoff and Liz Fuerst and the students concluded the project with a trip to Ground Zero.



T.J. Hargrave

T.J. Hargrave, who died in the World Trade Center, posed for
this photo years before the tragedy. Note the address "Nine
Eleven" on the stairs above him.

Former Gov. Tom Kean, the head of the 9/11 Commission,
speaks to The 9/11 Project class. Kean told the class that
most of the recommendations made by the commission
have not been followed, and the possibility continues
to exist that further acts of terror can be conducted
on American soil.

Corbin Mayo, whose father Robert died in the World Trade
Center, was in the sixth grade in Marlboro on 9/11. Robert
was a Deputy Fire Safety Director. Corbin was not allowed to
wait up to see the results of Monday Night Football the evening
before 9/11, but Robert left him a note — which Corbin
cherishes today.


Speakers include a wide array

of people who had some intimate

involvement in the 9/11 tragedy

Once a week between January and April, the 20 students in the 9/11 Student-Journalism Project got to hear speakers associated with 9/11 in some way and ask probing questions. Former NJ Gov. Tom Kean, who headed the 9/11 Commission, had so much to talk about that he spoke to the class for more than two hours. He had promised only a 20-minute stay in the classroom.

John Farmer, counsel to the 9/11 Commission and dean of Rutgers School of Law-Newark, was slated to speak but was injured in an automobile accident and had to cancel his appearance.

Speaker: Gov. Tom Kean - Chair, 9/11 Commission. He discussed the recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission in 2003 and 2004 and whether any have been implemented.

Speaker: Dan Zegart, author of Your Father’s Voice, which tells the story of Jeremy Glick, who was one of the “Let’s Roll” passengers from United Flight 93. Your Father’s Voice was one of five textbooks assigned in the course.

Speaker: Mary Fetchet, director and founder, Voices of September 11th, one of the largest organizations representing 9/11 families.

Speaker: Tom Franklin, The Record of Hackensack’s award-winning photographer, who spoke about his iconic photograph of 9/11 and other photographs he took that day.

Speaker: Mike McKee, Bloomberg News – He happened to be attending a meeting the morning of 9/11 at the Marriott World Trade Center and was the first reporter to see the planes hit the Twin Towers. McKee, scraped and bloodied, escaped with his life when the towers came down.

Speaker: Frank Scandale, executive editor of The Record – He talked about dispatching reporters and photographers on 9/11 across the Hudson and running a frantic newsroom that day and the days afterward.

Speaker: Anthony Gardner – He lost his brother on 9/11, and he spoke about how that loss turned into advocacy as he established a 9/11 education organization, September 11th Education Trust, which operates nationally. He showed a powerful video of images of the towers collapse and interviews with survivors.

Speaker: Dr. Donna Gaffney – Therapist who works with 9/11 families and is with Columbia University’s International Trau­ma Studies Program.

Speakers: 9/11 family mem­bers who run the Tribute WTC Visitor Center at 120 Liberty Street in downtown Manhattan. Students and professors came into Manhattan by bus, made an outdoor tour of WTC site using audio guides and then toured the Visitor Center’s five galleries.

Joe Kuchie, one of the Rutgers students who took the 9/11 Project course, with Kelly larson whose father died in the World Trade Center. Below is a photograph from happier days — the Larson family before 9/11.


Site developed by the Journalism Research Institute at Rutgers University.

Copyright © 2018 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. All Rights Reserved.