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Also Known As: Daniel Irvin Rather Jr. Died:
Born: October 31, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wharton, Texas, USA Profession: news anchor, correspondent, editor, print journalist, teaching instructor

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A modest Texan with a hard-headed reporting style, Dan Rather led a prolific career in journalism that spanned more than half a century. Though he never saw a television set until the age of 18, Rather went on to become one of the leading television journalists in history, reporting on groundbreaking stories - from the assassination of President Kennedy to the Vietnam War. Serving as anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News" (CBS, 1962- ) for 24 years, Rather was named one of the "Big Three" - alongside peers Peter Jennings (ABC) and Tom Brokaw (NBC) - of network news broadcasting. Though he received criticism for his direct reporting style, Rather's down-home Southern charm made him a celebrated journalist for much of his career. Known for his folksy "Ratherisms," his Texas upbringing made its mark on his newscasts; he once famously described President Clinton's re-election as being "as secure as a double knot tied in wet rawhide." The recipient of a Peabody Award as well as numerous Emmy Awards, Rather was revered as one of the greatest American broadcast journalists of the last 50 years - and despite a questionable departure from CBS amidst allegations of political mudslinging and...

A modest Texan with a hard-headed reporting style, Dan Rather led a prolific career in journalism that spanned more than half a century. Though he never saw a television set until the age of 18, Rather went on to become one of the leading television journalists in history, reporting on groundbreaking stories - from the assassination of President Kennedy to the Vietnam War. Serving as anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News" (CBS, 1962- ) for 24 years, Rather was named one of the "Big Three" - alongside peers Peter Jennings (ABC) and Tom Brokaw (NBC) - of network news broadcasting. Though he received criticism for his direct reporting style, Rather's down-home Southern charm made him a celebrated journalist for much of his career. Known for his folksy "Ratherisms," his Texas upbringing made its mark on his newscasts; he once famously described President Clinton's re-election as being "as secure as a double knot tied in wet rawhide." The recipient of a Peabody Award as well as numerous Emmy Awards, Rather was revered as one of the greatest American broadcast journalists of the last 50 years - and despite a questionable departure from CBS amidst allegations of political mudslinging and accusations from the right of Rather's leftist-leaning ways - the anchorman went on to further success as host of "Dan Rather Reports," (2006- ) - his reputation as a reputable newsman firmly intact.

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 Intimate Portrait: Paula Zahn (2002) Interviewee
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Grew up in the Heights Annex, Houston neighborhood
1940:
Worked as newsboy selling the "Houston Chronicle" at age nine (date approximate)
1950:
Associate Press reporter in Huntsville, Texas
1956:
Served as news director of KTRH
1960:
Joined KHOU-TV in Houston
1961:
Signed with CBS
1964:
Appointed as CBS's White House correspondent
1974:
Promoted to anchorman for "CBS Reports"
1975:
Named co-editor of "60 Minutes"
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Anchored Saturday edition of "CBS Evening News"
1981:
Managing editor and anchorman of "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather"
1988:
Had a stormy pre-election interview with then Vice-President George Bush on Jan. 25, 1988
1988:
Anchored and reported for the CBS news magazine "48 Hours"
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Shared anchoring duties on the "CBS Evening News" with Connie Chung
1995:
Became sole anchor of "CBS Evening News"
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Named as one of the correspondents for "60 Minutes II"
1997:
Launched a syndicated weekly newspaper column, "Part of Our World", now called "Dan Rather Reporting"
1998:
Signed contract to remain with CBS through the year 2002
2005:
Resigned as anchor of CBS Evening News after 44 years with the network
2006:
Offically resigned from CBS News after failing to reach a deal to extend his contract for "60 Minutes," where he had been contributing segments since retiring from the anchor desk
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Education

Sam Houston State University: Huntsville , Texas - 1953

Notes

"Of course the network news business is changing. Things will never be as they were. I still think CBS does the best, but the competition is very, very strong....As for me personally, I hope to stay with CBS forever, but if that's not the way it turns out, I'll always be doing news somewhere. It's in my bones and I love it every day."--Dan Rather quoted by Larry King in USA TODAY, October 14, 1991)

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wife:
Jean Rather. Married in 1958.

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father:
Irvin Rather. Oil pipeline worker.
mother:
Byrl Rather. Encyclopedia saleswoman, seamstress, waitress.
brother:
Donald Eugene Rather. Born on September 5, 1937.
sister:
Patricia Ann Rather. Born on November 27, 1939.
daughter:
Dawn Robin Rather.
son:
Danjack Rather.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Camera Blinks Twice"
"I Remember"
"Deadlines & Datelines" William Morrow
"The American Dream"
"The Camera Never Blinks"
"The Palace Guard"
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