Dan Rather

Dan Rather


Oct. 31, 1931 Birth
Wharton, TX
1953 SHSTC Graduate
1962-2006 CBS News correspondent
1975-81 CBS News 60 Minutes contributing editor
1977 Named SHSU Distinguished Alumnus
Mar. 9, 1981 -
Mar.9, 2005
CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor
Aug. 1997 Birthplace dedicated as Wharton County Historical Museum
Nov, 14, 2006 Dan Rather Reports anchor and managing editor


Daniel Irvin Rather, Jr. is a 1953 graduate of Sam Houston State Teachers College, earning a bachelor's degree in journalism. He spent the following year as a journalism instructor on campus.

After covering Hurricane Carla in 1961, he was hired by CBS News and was part of the Dallas-based crew covering President Kennedy's visit and subsequent assassination in 1963. Rather reported from Washington as White House correspondent as well as other locations around the world. In 1975, Rather became a contributor to the news program, 60 Minutes.

Rather assumed anchor and managing editor duties of the CBS Evening News in March, 1981, a position he held for 24 years, until March, 2005; he left CBS in 2006. Rather currently hosts Dan Rather Reports on AXS TV, a high-definition cable television network.

In 1994, the Communication Building was renamed in his honor.

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