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Dan Rather

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Dan Rather

American journalist and the former news anchor for the CBS Evening News add

Category: Journalism

Born in 1931.

Countries: United States (43%), Texas (21%), Canada (6%)

Main connections: CBS Evening News, CBS, Peter Jennings

Linked to: The New York Times, The Washington Post, White House, John H. Reagan High School




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Dan Rather was born in 1931 add something


He graduated in 1950 from John H. Reagan High School in Houston add something


Rather began his journalism career in 1950 as an Associated Press reporter in Huntsville, Texas add something


In 1953, he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from &Sam_Houston State University where he was editor of the school newspaper, "The Houstonian" add something


In 1954, Rather enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, but was soon discharged because of having had rheumatic fever as a child add something


Rather married his wife, Jean Goebel, in 1957 add something


During the 1959 minor league baseball season, Rather was the play-by-play radio announcer for the Houston Buffs team of the triple A American Association add something


In 1959, he began his television career as a reporter for KTRK-TV, the ABC affiliate in Houston add something


In early September 1961, Rather reported live from the Galveston, Texas Seawall as Hurricane Carla threatened the Texas coastline add something


On February 28, 1962, Rather left Houston for New York City for a six-month trial initiation add something


In 1963, he was appointed chief of the Southern bureau in New Orleans , responsible for coverage of news events in the South, Southwest, Mexico and Central America add something


Rather's reporting during the national mourning period following the Kennedy assassination and subsequent events brought him to the attention of CBS News management, which rewarded him in 1964 with the network's White House correspondent position add something


After serving as a foreign correspondent for CBS in London in 1965 and Vietnam in 1966, he served his second tenure as White House correspondent during the Richard Nixon presidency add something


In 1970, he drew the assignment as primary anchor for the CBS Sunday Night News add something


Much of this was based on the fact that the documents were proportionally printed and displayed other modern typographic conventions unavailable on military typewriters of the 1970s add something


PJ Media - Charles Johnson, the blogger behind Little Green Footballs, teamed up with Roger L. Simon to create PJ Media after his contribution to the Killian documents controversy investigation helped lead to the retraction of a "60 Minutes" story critical of President George W. Bush's service in the Air National Guard from 1972 to 1973 and Dan Rather's resignation from CBS News


After President Nixon's resignation in 1974, Rather took the assignment of chief correspondent for the documentary series "CBS Reports" add something


At a Houston news conference in March 1974, Nixon fielded a question from Rather, still CBS's White House correspondent, who said, "Thank you, Mr. President add something


Morarji Desai - In 1978, Prime Minister Morarji Desai, a longtime practitioner of "urine therapy", spoke to Dan Rather on "60 Minutes" about the benefits of drinking urine


Urine therapy - In 1978, the Prime Minister of India, Morarji Desai, a longtime practitioner of urine therapy, spoke to Dan Rather on "60 Minutes" about urine therapy


In 1980, Rather and CBS were taken into court when Carl Galloway, a California doctor, claimed that a report on "60 Minutes" wrongfully implicated him in an insurance fraud scheme add something


On November 10, 1980, Rather landed at Chicago 's O'Hare International Airport and got into a cab add something


Peter Jennings - Along with Tom Brokaw at NBC and Dan Rather at CBS, Jennings formed part of the "Big Three" news anchors who dominated American evening network news from the early 1980s until his death in 2005, which closely followed the retirements of Brokaw and Rather


Rather assumed the position upon Cronkite's retirement, making his first broadcast on March 9, 1981 add something


Rather was anchor of the "CBS Evening News" for 24 years, from March 9, 1981, to March 9, 2005 add something


Peter Jennings - The announcement signaled a generational shift in the evening news broadcasts, and the beginning of what the media would deem the "Big Three" era of Jennings, Dan Rather of CBS, and Tom Brokaw of NBC. Rather had already been elevated to anchor in 1981 after the retirement of Walter Cronkite, and Brokaw of "NBC Nightly News" was set to become sole anchor the same day as Jennings


Walter Cronkite - His last day in the anchor chair at the "CBS Evening News" was on March 6, 1981; he was succeeded the following Monday by Dan Rather


The traditionally strong journalistic bench of CBS News was changed in 1984, when new owner Lawrence Tisch oversaw layoffs of thousands of CBS News employees, including correspondents David Andelman, Fred Graham, Morton Dean and Ike Pappas add something


After a dip to second place, Rather regained the top spot in 1985 until 1989 when he ceded the ratings peak to rival Peter Jennings at ABC's World News Tonight add something


For one week in September 1986, Rather signed off his broadcasts to CBS with the single word "Courage" add something


On October 4, 1986, as Rather was walking along Park Avenue in Manhattan to his apartment, he was attacked and punched from behind by a man who demanded to know, "Kenneth, what is the frequency-", while a second assailant chased and beat him add something


The incident inspired a song called "Kenneth, What's the Frequency-" by the band Game Theory in 1987 add something


On September 11, 1987, Rather walked off the set in anger just before a remote "Evening News" broadcast from Miami, where Pope John Paul II had begun a rare U.S. tour, when a U.S. Open tennis match was being broadcast into the time scheduled for the newscast add something


On June 2, 1988, Rather hosted a CBS News special, "The Wall Within" add something


Also in 1990, Scott McCloud used the phrase in the first 24-hour comic add something


Gulf War - In the United States, the "big three" network anchors led the war's network news coverage: ABC's Peter Jennings, CBS's Dan Rather, and NBC's Tom Brokaw were anchoring their evening newscasts when air strikes began on 16 January 1991


For a short time from 1993 to 1995, Rather co-anchored the evening news with Connie Chung add something


CBS Evening News - From June 1, 1993, to May 18, 1995, Connie Chung co-anchored the broadcast with Dan Rather


Sam Houston State University renamed its mass communications building after Rather in 1994 add something


In 1994 the band R.E.M. released the song "What's the Frequency, Kenneth-" on the album "Monster" add something


Tager was sentenced to a 25-year prison sentence for killing NBC stagehand Campbell Montgomery outside "The Today Show" studio in 1994 add something


CBS Evening News - The newscast returned to a solo anchor format in 1995 with Dan Rather continuing in his role as anchor


Tom Brokaw - "Nightly News" had moved into first place in the Nielsen ratings in late 1996 and held on to the spot for the remainder of Brokaw's tenure on the program, placing him ahead of ABC's Peter Jennings and "World News Tonight", and CBS's Dan Rather and the "CBS Evening News"


In 1997, a TV critic writing in the "New York Daily News" solved the mystery, and published a photo of the alleged assailant, William Tager add something


Google Earth - Edge blazed a trail as well in broadcasting, being used in 1997 on CBS News with Dan Rather, in print for rendering large images draped over terrain for National Geographic, and used for special effects in the feature film "Shadow Conspiracy" in 1997


On his last "CBS Evening News" broadcast, he once again signed off with "Courage", this time linking it to the September 11, 2001 attacks, as well as to courage shown by fellow journalists add something


In April 2001, according to a front-page story in "The Washington Post", Rather spoke at a Democratic party fundraiser in Austin, Texas, where he was the featured speaker add something


In the December 2001 issue of "Harper's Magazine", writer Paul Limbert Allman speculated that postmodern fiction writer Donald Barthelme had somehow orchestrated, or was otherwise connected to, the attack through other unnamed persons, citing unusual passages in Barthelme's writing, including the phrase "What is the frequency-", a recurring character named Kenneth, and a short story about a pompous editor named Lather add something


In a June 2002 interview with Larry King, his long-time co-worker Andy Rooney stated that Rather is "transparently liberal" add something


On February 24, 2003, Rather conducted another interview with Hussein before the 2003 Invasion of Iraq add something


Saddam Hussein - With war looming on 24 February 2003, Saddam Hussein took part in an interview with CBS News reporter Dan Rather.


On September 8, 2004, Rather reported on "60 Minutes Wednesday" that a series of memos critical of President George W. Bush's Texas Air National Guard service record had been discovered in the personal files of Lt. Bush's former commanding officer, Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian add something


PJ Media - The term was coined during the Killian documents controversy during the U.S. presidential election campaign of 2004, in which bloggers were derided by Jonathan Klein, a former & CBS News executive vice-president for vigorously challenging the accuracy of a "60 Minutes" story by CBS anchor Dan Rather


Rather became embroiled in controversy about a disputed news report involving President George W. Bush's Vietnam-era service in the National Guard and subsequently left "CBS Evening News" in 2005, and he left the network altogether after 43 years in 2006 add something


Rather retired as the anchorman and Managing Editor of the "CBS Evening News" in 2005; his last broadcast was Wednesday, March 9, 2005 add something


Rather retired under pressure as the anchor of the "CBS Evening News" on March 9, 2005 add something


John Roberts (journalist) - He had been widely considered a potential replacement for "CBS Evening News" anchor Dan Rather after Rather stepped down from the anchor desk in March 2005, but Bob Schieffer was chosen on an interim basis to be the next "CBS Evening News" anchor, and in subsequent months, it became clear that Roberts was not under consideration for the job


Jim Cramer - On November 13, 2005, Dan Rather did a sit-down interview with Cramer on "60 Minutes"


Bob Schieffer, a fellow Texan and host of "Face the Nation," took over Rather's position on an interim basis, with Katie Couric replacing Schieffer in 2006 add something


In the 2006 film "Land of the Blind", the phrase briefly appears on a blackboard in a re-education camp for opponents of the dystopian regime led by Donald Sutherland add something


On January 24, 2006, Rather spoke to a Seattle audience add something


In June 2006, reports surfaced that CBS News would most likely not renew Dan Rather's contract add something


On June 20, 2006, CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus announced that Rather would leave the network after 44 years add something


Rather had a cameo in the premiere of the Fall 2007 drama "Dirty Sexy Money" on ABC television add something


In May 2007, Rather received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Siena College in Loudonville, New York, for his lifetime contributions to journalism add something


On Thursday, September 20, 2007, Rather was interviewed on "Larry King Live" commenting "Nobody has proved that they were fraudulent, much less a forgery add something


Michael Bloomberg - On August 9, 2007, in an interview with former CBS News anchor Dan Rather that aired on August 21, Bloomberg categorically stated that he was not running for President, that he would not be running, and that there were no circumstances in which he would, saying, "If somebody asks me where I stand, I tell them


Rather appeared on "The Daily Show" in May 2009 wearing an Afro wig and mutton-chop sideburns to narrate a segment about the late former President Nixon eating a burrito, as a parody of MSNBC's extensive coverage of President Obama and Vice President Biden's hamburger lunch add something


On September 29, 2009, a New York state appeals court dismissed Rather's lawsuit against CBS. add something


Jane Mayer - Mayer was a featured speaker, along with Dan Rather, Marcy Wheeler, and Victor Navasky, for a September 2009 fundraiser for "The Nation" magazine


He was paroled in October 2010 and is believed to be living in New York City add something


In 2012, May 18, on Bill Maher, Rather said he was fired for reporting a story about George W Bush's year of absence from reserve unit he served with, and that the news corporations were 'very uncomfortable' with running the story add something


On May 18, 2012, on Bill Maher, Rather said he was fired for reporting a story about George W Bush's year of absence from the reserve unit he served with, and that the news corporations were 'very uncomfortable' with running the story add something


PJ Media - PJ Media was founded as Pajamas Media in 2014 by Charles Johnson, the blogger behind Little Green Footballs and screen producer Roger L. Simon after Johnson's contribution to the Killian documents controversy investigation in 2004, in which he helped lead to the retraction of a "60 Minutes" story critical of President George W. Bush's service in the Air National Guard and Dan Rather's resignation from CBS News


Robert Redford will portray Rather in the 2015 film "Truth" add something


Bob Weir - In August 2015, during an interview with Dan Rather, Weir performed a ballad, titled "Blue Mountain" from the upcoming album


On January 21, 2018, it was announced that Rather would be launching a weekly thirty minute newscast on The Young Turks Mondays at 5:30pm eastern time add something