Oklahoma City Bombing

Twenty years ago today I was on my way to cover the Oklahoma City Bombing for the Philadelphia Daily News. Due to a wave of extreme weather sweeping across the US, I had to change planes in Atlanta and Dallas, and I didn’t find myself close to the incident scene until shortly before dawn on the following morning – when I took the photo above, of investigators examining the damage.

The most historic photo from the event was already on newsstands by the time I arrived, and the onslaught of media and federal officials made it very difficult to find a hotel room or rental car, but I was getting by. It was also my first mass casualty event, and although it was many years later before I began to understand, it was an exceptionally traumatic event for many of us who were covering it.