Dan Rather is one of the most recognized and renowned reporters of our time and he is often called the voice, heart, and soul of American journalism. Dan Rather is well-known for his humor, colorful speaking style and the home-spun “Ratherisms” that he has used with greatest exuberance in his election coverage. As a speaker, few can match the authority, experience, and perspective Dan Rather offers on world events and the passion he displays in defense of journalism.
For more than 50 years, former CBS News anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent Dan Rather has been the embodiment of the intrepid broadcast journalist. He has covered every major story of our time, with distinction and a fierce dedication to hard news – from the Kennedy assassination, where he was the first to break the news that the president had been killed – to the Indian Ocean tsunami. On the domestic front, Rather has covered nearly every major story, from the tragedy of 9/11 to President Clinton’s impeachment. Rather has reported on the Watergate, Civil Rights Movement, and every presidential campaign since 1952. He brings us the real story with grace, humanity, and depth, often covering most important social issues such as substance use disorders, mental health, and homelessness and poverty.
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He was awarded with virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement, a Peabody Award, the CPJ Burton Benjamin Memorial Award, numerous Emmy Awards, and citations from critical, scholarly, professional, and charitable organizations, Rather never lost his drive for front-line journalism. After leaving CBS News, he pioneered a cable news magazine program doing exactly the kind of in-depth international and investigative reporting that is not present on television that much nowadays. Always looking to innovate new avenues for quality journalism, Dan has now launched a production company called “New & Guts.” He is developing a series of projects ranging from an acclaimed interview program on AXS TV to documentaries and digital video content. His continued restlessness in pursuit of excellence would be evident to anyone who read his entertaining memoir Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News, published in 2012.
Most recently, Rather was played by Robert Redford on the big screen, in James Vanderbilt’s critically acclaimed drama Truth, recounting the story that became known as Rathergate, in which a “60 Minutes” team, led by producer Mary Mapes and spearheaded by Rather’s meticulous reporting skills, discovered in the middle of the Presidential election that incumbent leader George W. Bush might not have fulfilled his National Guard service during the Vietnam War. The movie was first shown at the Toronto Film Festival and went on to a successful theatrical release in October 2015.