Emma Athena

Emma Athena

Emma Athena is a freelance journalist based in Colorado. She investigates the intersection of policy, place and people.

‘We have the watch’: Stories from inside NORAD on 9/11

By: - September 11, 2021

At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supervised the excavation of Cheyenne Mountain, a peak pimpled with rocky outcrops and shaded by evergreen trees southwest of Colorado Springs. They pulled out the mountain’s innards and paved over the gravelly cavern, dividing the space into high-tech offices for U.S. military […]