August 18, 2006
Contact: Allison Taylor Levine, APR 302-345-0589

Renowned Photojournalist to Talk about Covering Sept. 11

Delaware Press Association event to mark fifth anniversary of terrorist attacks

WILMINGTON, Del. – David Handschuh, a New York Daily News photographer who was among the first journalists on the scene of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, will speak on Sept. 5 at the Baby Grand Theatre, Edith and Alexander Giacco Building, 818 N. Market St.

Handschuh’s multimedia program, “September 11: Photographs and Memories” is being hosted by the Delaware Press Association. The program will begin at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Those attending are invited to donate $10. All proceeds from the event will be contributed to the Delaware Volunteer Firemen’s Association and the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula. The public also is welcome to attend a reception in the foyer of the Baby Grand beginning at 6 p.m. and continuing immediately following Handschuh’s presentation.

Handschuh, a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, took some of the most famous photographs of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, including the now-iconic image of the second terrorist-controlled plane crashing into the World Trade Center. Handschuh suffered serious injuries and narrowly escaped with his life while covering the attack.

During months of recovery from his injuries, Handschuh implemented several programs to document and address long-term physical and mental health issues for journalists that may arise from working at Ground Zero. For that work he was honored as a “Fellow of the Society,” the highest honor bestowed by Sigma Delta Chi, the National Society of Professional Journalists.

A past president of the National Press Photographers Association, Handschuh has dedicated many years to studying the effects of trauma on journalists who cover tough stories. He established and continues to support Peer Counseling Workshops, in which journalists are trained to assist colleagues. That work garnered him the Donald Berreth Award from the National Public Health Information Council.

In 1994, Handschuh co-authored the National Media Guide for Emergency and Disaster Incidents, now in its third printing. He continues to work on a national level with public safety providers and the media to foster better relations between the two.

Handschuh’s appearance in Wilmington is funded by Delaware Press Association, the Delaware chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Stephenson Group of Morgan Stanley, Out & About Magazine, Synchrogenix Information Strategies, and the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.