Nonfiction Book Award Status: GOLD
September Twelfth: An American Comeback Story is an inspiring book that reflects the indomitable spirit of America and Americans. On September 11, 2001, The Wall Street Journal’s main newsroom — located just across the street from the World Trade Center — was obliterated by falling debris and flaming smoke. For much of the day, it seemed certain that the paper’s dynamic managing editor, Paul E. Steiger, had been killed or seriously injured. This is the true story of how the traumatized men and women of the Journal and Dow Jones — journalists, graphic designers, technicians, administrative assistants, compositors, and delivery truck drivers — overcame their personal anguish and confusion and rallied to publish a Pulitzer Prize-winning edition on September 12th.
Dean Rotbart is an award-winning former reporter and columnist with The Wall Street Journal, which nominated him for the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.
He is the chairperson and editor-in-chief of the Business News Visionary Awards and News Luminary Awards pro-grams. Previously, he published the TJFR Business News Reporter, a trade newsletter focused on influential business and financial news organizations.