Dan Rather

Dan Rather

Dan Rather was born in Wharton, Texas, and grew up in a working class neighborhood of Houston. His father worked as an oil pipeliner. Neither of his parents had been to college and his father had never finished high school, but his mother was determined to see Dan graduate and go on to college.Both parents were avid readers, and his father in particular had a keen interest in current events. From an early age Dan Rather planned to become a newspaper man. He entered Sam Houston State College in Huntsville, Texas with the hope of winning a football scholarship. His never achieved the gridiron glory he dreamed of, but he made important progress toward a career in journalism, editing the college paper and working part time at a small radio station. While still in college he worked as a reporter for Associated Press and United Press International.After graduation, he was hired by The Houston Chronicle and its affiliated radio station, KTRH. He became news director of KTRH in 1956 and a reporter for KTRK-TV Houston in 1959. By 1961 he was news director for KHOU-TV, the CBS affiliate in Houston. His coverage of Hurricane Carla brought him to the attention of network executives and he became a network correspondent. As the CBS correspondent in Dallas during the assassination of President Kennedy, his grave but steady demeanor helped to reassure a nation in crisis, and his thorough professionalism won him a national reputation.He was promoted to CBS's national news desk in 1964 where he continues to work today. In the 1960s and '70s he became one of the most recognizable figures in the national news media, with his solid coverage of the major stories of that tumultuous era, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal. In 1975 he earned a seat at the top news show, 60 Minutes, but gave it up in 1981 to replace Walter Cronkite as anchor of the CBS Evening News, the top job in American broadcast journalism. In 1988 he also began hosting the CBS news show, 48 Hours.He earned the title of "the hardest working man in broadcast journalism," holding down the top job at three national news programs simultaneously: CBS Evening News, 48 Hours and 60 Minutes II. At the same time he has written a nationally syndicated newspaper column, and records a radio program, Dan Rather Reporting, heard on more than 300 radio stations across the country.In 2005, Dan Rather will step down after 24 years as anchor of the CBS Evening News, although he will continue his other journalistic activities, including his participation in 60 Minutes II. Dan Rather has received numerous Emmy Awards for his broadcast journalism work, as well as the coveted Peabody Award. He and his wife Jean make their home in New York City; they have two grown children.Source: achievement.org
I had someone at the Houston police station shoot me with heroin so I could do a story about it. The experience was a special kind of hell. I came out understanding full well how one could be addicted to 'smack,' and quickly.More Dan Rather quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
But we cannot rely on memorials and museums alone. We can tell ourselves we will never forget and we likely won't. But we need to make sure that we teach history to those who never had the opportunity to remember in the first place.More Dan Rather quotes [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
A free and truly independent press - fiercely independent when necessary - is the red beating heart of freedom and democracy.More Dan Rather quotes [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I got addicted. News, particularly daily news, is more addictive than crack cocaine, more addictive than heroin, more addictive than cigarettes.More Dan Rather quotes [09/13/2012 06:09:43]
Always marry a woman from Texas. No matter how tough things get, she's seen tougher.More Dan Rather quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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