'From lights out to lights on': The 2003 blackout | WABC-TV 75th Anniversary Moment

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Eyewitness News Flashback: The blackout of 2003
As WABC-TV celebrates 75 years on the air, watch Bill Ritter and Liz Cho look back at the blackout of 2003 that left New Yorkers in the dark.

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City is often referred to as the 'city that never sleeps.' On Aug. 14, 2003, however, a major power outage left about 50 million people across the Northeast in darkness, with New York City largely at a standstill.

Above, Bill Ritter and Liz Cho introduce coverage anchored by themselves almost 20 years ago. Below, watch a longer excerpt of our coverage.

Bill, Liz and the Eyewitness News team are all looking back at key stories we covered over the years as we count down to our 75th anniversary on the air on Aug.10.

Watch more of our 75th anniversary videos here.

In this flashback to 2003, watch Eyewitness News provide team coverage in the days following one of the biggest blackouts in U.S. history.