In their own words: Journalists who covered Lennon's murder

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Journalists occupy a unique place in history.

They are observers paid to chronicle history, and many of them did when Mark David Chapman stepped from the shadows and gunned down musical legend John Lennon late on December 8, 1980.

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the ex-Beatle's death, a few journalists shared their recollections of that fateful night and the roles they played in the coverage.

Donna Cornachio is a professor of journalism at Purchase College, State University of New York and a media coach at the Clarity Media Group. In 1980, she was a senior at New York University and an intern working the news desk at WCBS-TV in New York.

I was an intern on the assignment desk, and one of my jobs was answering the phone.

We had just started the 11 o'clock news when I got a call from a tipster who said, to the best of my recollection, that one of the Beatles had been shot. I was a college student, and I didn't even know any of the Beatles lived in New York so I thought it was a crank. We had a lot of kooks who called....

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