Rod Dreher, a columnist with the Dallas Morning News newspaper once remarked that “there are three kinds of people who run toward disaster, not away: cops, firemen and reporters.” In recognition of the special (and certainly imperfect) relationship between cops and reporters, and to commemorate National Police Week, the Newseum is inviting members of the law enforcement community to visit Washington, DC’s newest attraction.
Through Saturday, May 17, all federal, state and local law enforcement professionals can show their official identification and be admitted free of charge to the Newseum. It is located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and 6th Street, NW, just a few blocks south of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. It is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
The Newseum opened just a month ago. Its 15 theaters and 14 major galleries feature newsmaking people, places and events from the past 500 years, as well as two state-of-the-art television studios, an interactive Newsroom and 40-by-22-foot high-definition media screen. Many of the “news” stories that are told in the Newseum are “law enforcement” stories as well. Particularly striking – and moving – is the 9/11 exhibit, which includes the satellite communications apparatus from one of the Twin Towers.
There is also a memorial for journalists who have been killed over the years while gathering and reporting the news. Among them is Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles, who was murdered in June 1976 after a bomb exploded under his car. Bolles had been writing stories about organized crime and attacking a powerful local businessman.
For more information, visit www.newseum.org.