CHHS plays prominent role in media’s coverage of 9/11 anniversary
It’s been an emotional week for the United States. The memories of a beautiful day that turned ugly in seconds on September 11th, 2001 have scarred this country. This 10-year anniversary brought all those images we store in the back of our minds back to front and center. As we remember the horror and reflect on the heroism of that day, we continue to ask questions about our safety and security. The University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) provided a wealth of knowledge and perspective in the media over the past several days to help the public answer those questions.
CHHS founder and director Michael Greenberger, a former Department of Justice official, regularly appeared on television and radio stations as well as magazine and online media outlets, to discuss the impact 9/11 had on emergency management and homeland security 10 years later.
The question most often asked to Greenberger was: Are we safer? WBFF-TV in Baltimore explored the issue in an in-depth report in which Greenberger makes an interesting point about the country’s power grid. The same night, Greenberger told WJZ-TV in Baltimore the country is doing a better job with intelligence gathering but funding security efforts may be the biggest challenge. Those efforts include cyber security, a growing threat Greenberger discussed on Washington, D.C. news radio powerhouse WTOP, and interoperability, one of the topics at-hand on a Wisconsin investigative journalism website.
The 9/11 attacks conjured up challenges, but they also brought opportunities. Such is true for higher education and the legal profession as Greenberger explained in U.S. News & World Report.
Two days before the country observed 10 years since the murder of more than 3,000 people at the hands of terrorists, CHHS hosted Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley for a major address on the lessons the state learned since the attacks and the progress toward building a prepared, resilient Maryland. During their coverage of the event, which included a symposium featuring the state’s top security officials, Baltimore television stations WJZ-TV and WBAL-TV turned to Greenberger for his thoughts on a credible terror threat as the anniversary approached. The CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C., WUSA-TV, wanted Greenberger for a longer discussion on one its live broadcasts that day. The CHHS director provided confidence the country could thwart an attack because we were on high alert. WBAL-TV called upon Greenberger once more for an in-depth interview, where he said the killing of Osama Bin Laden was a turning point in the global war on terror.
The opening weekend of the 2011 NFL season just happened to fall on September 11th. There were concerns about security at stadiums, which are potential targets because they are among the few places tens of thousands of people gather at one time. CHHS was where the media turned to answer one of the big questions of the day: Are stadiums safe?