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A NYT reporter recounts escaping the taliban as part of 9/11, Today and Tomorrow speakers series

The 9/11 Memorial introduces David Rohde, a two-time Pulitzer prize winning reporter, as its fourth speaker for the “9/11, Today and Tomorrow” series at the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, 20 Vesey St.

Last month, a counterterrorism expert discussed the deadly inner workings of al-Qaeda.

David Rohde (pronounced Road) is a reporter for the New York Times who has covered events in Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries.  From November 2008 to June 2009, he was held captive by the Taliban along with two Afghan colleagues before escaping.  He authored the upcoming book "A Rope and A Prayer: The Story of a Kidnapping" and was recently awarded the 2009 George Polk Award for foreign reporting.

The 9/11, Today and Tomorrow series is a dynamic new public program featuring speakers who explore issues relevant to 9/11 and its continuing impact on the world in which we live.

“Escaping the Taliban” with David Rohde will take place Wednesday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m.

Due to space limitations, RSVP is recommended to guarantee a seat up to 10 minutes after programming begins. When space is available, admission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis on the evening of the program. Please call 212-312-8809 or online at   A suggested donation of $10 per person will help support ongoing programming.

By Meghan Walsh, Communications Associate for the 9/11 Memorial