Donna Liu, then a CNN producer based in Atlanta, was on a leave of absence on a fellowship, when she ended up in Beijing in early April 1989 -- and called CNN Beijing Bureau Chief Mike Chinoy to see if he needed any help with the summit visit of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to China.
She had driven through Tiananmen Square and had seen the first banners made by students asking for reform. As a Chinese-American, and a long-time China watcher, Liu was intrigued.
"Mike said 'sure, come on in,'" Liu recalls. Neither of them knew then what was coming. "When I signed onto the story, I thought it was a summit." Read full article »
Daniela Deane was a chief sub-editor at the Reuters news agency in Hong Kong during the Tiananmen crisis.