Faculty 101-Barney MCoy
UNL professor Barney McCoy covered the 9/11 terrorist attacks when he was a reporter. In this episode, McCoy looks back on that experience.
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- [00:00:00.000]In fact behind me here,
- [00:00:01.080]you can still see the skyline of Manhattan.
- [00:00:03.620]It looks like a volcanic cauldron behind me,
- [00:00:05.900]the smoke still coming up from that area
- [00:00:07.540]that used to be the World Trade Center.
- [00:00:09.240]20 years ago, Barney McCoy found himself
- [00:00:11.660]reporting live from the worst terrorist attack
- [00:00:14.390]in U.S. history.
- [00:00:15.800]Tonight, we boarded one of the boats
- [00:00:17.250]taking emergency and rescue crews across the Hudson.
- [00:00:20.880]McCoy and his crew
- [00:00:22.330]told the stories of that tragic day.
- [00:00:25.130]Probably averaging four or five hours of sleep a night,
- [00:00:28.580]you know, catching a cat nap if you could.
- [00:00:31.080]But the other thing is,
- [00:00:32.320]is your adrenaline is constantly flowing anyway.
- [00:00:35.070]And a lot of it's just because of all the unknowns
- [00:00:37.120]and just the sheer magnitude of the event.
- [00:00:39.810]This is the place they call the pit, Ground Zero,
- [00:00:42.080]the place where the World Trade Center collapsed,
- [00:00:44.220]both towers on Tuesday.
- [00:00:45.120]Even as a veteran journalist,
- [00:00:46.690]McCoy's emotions were pushed to the brink.
- [00:00:49.850]You kinda put your visor down
- [00:00:51.420]and you do what you know you're supposed to do.
- [00:00:55.060]And every now and then you'll see something
- [00:00:57.010]that kinda catches you off guard and you'll cry.
- [00:01:00.472]♪ Glory Hallelujah ♪
- [00:01:02.660]Which brings us back to this candlelight vigil tonight.
- [00:01:05.360]On this episode of "Faculty 101,"
- [00:01:07.450]hear more from Barney McCoy
- [00:01:09.100]about his experiences as a reporter
- [00:01:11.610]and what he's learned from covering the big stories.
- [00:01:15.330]Challenges will always exist.
- [00:01:17.340]Your success and happiness in life, ultimately,
- [00:01:19.930]is based on your ability to face those challenges,
- [00:01:23.680]no matter the outcome.
- [00:01:24.900]Then sometimes you begin to understand
- [00:01:26.530]that sometimes the biggest challenges we've had
- [00:01:30.240]prepare us to do greater things in our lives
- [00:01:32.430]than we ever imagined.
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