Caroline Dries

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Caroline Dries
Caroline Dries by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Dries in 2015
OccupationTelevision writer, producer
Years active2006–present

Caroline Dries is an American television writer and producer who has worked as a writer on three series for The CW; Smallville, Melrose Place and served as an executive producer on The Vampire Diaries.[1] She is also known for the footage she captured of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on NYC.[2]

Television work[edit]

September 11, 2001 experience[edit]

At 08:46 on 9/11, Dries and her roommate Megan were sleeping in at their New York University dormitory. They were awakened when American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North Tower. Dries began videotaping the crash scene with a camcorder she got about a week prior, while other dorm members came into the room. About fifteen minutes later, while zooming in on people jumping out of the building (which she thought was debris, specifically mentioning chairs in the tape), the South Tower was hit; Megan began screaming while Dries said "Oh my God!" repeatedly and questioning what to do when they realized it was a deliberate attack. Due to the camera initially being on the North Tower, the actual collision was not captured by her. Horrified, Megan began packing a few belongings in an attempt to flee the scene, with Dries following. When they got out of the building, they noticed that everyone else was equally confused. With no leads and not feeling safe, they went back to their dorm and watched the scene with their friends. As they were about to drink either apple juice or vodka, Megan (while the camera was on her) looked back at the tower and screamed again; Dries turned the camera back to show the South Tower collapsing. Everyone continued to remain in the room until after the North Tower collapsed.[3]

Dries' footage was used in the 2008 HBO documentary 102 Minutes That Changed America.


  1. ^ "Caroline Dries from Melrose Place". Retrieved January 6, 2011.
  2. ^ "Student shoots video of WTC on 9/11". Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  3. ^ "Student shoots video of WTC on 9/11". Retrieved April 12, 2013.

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