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June 16, 2006 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
His four-decade run at CBS was headed toward the finish line, but former anchor Dan Rather continued to press the network where he'd made his name to send him back into service on some big stories. The longtime correspondent, known for his travels to hot spots around the world, said he had asked to go to the Gulf Coast last fall to cover Hurricane Katrina and to visit Iraq and Afghanistan to cover the conflicts there, but his requests were denied. "They just said, 'Not interested,' " he said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather says he'll be pulling for Katie Couric when she takes over the job this fall and says that what it takes to succeed is leadership and a passion for news. "The role is basically a leadership role, and the organization begins to take on the personality and the character of the anchor," Rather said Monday at the National Assn. of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2006 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
If there were any hard questions for Dan Rather, the former anchor and managing editor for CBS Evening News, they would have to wait. In the golden glare of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday night, a genial Rather outlined his views on what ails journalism and answered screened questions from a largely admiring audience at the Music Center Speaker Series' first lecture of its second season. He was scheduled to speak again Friday night.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2005 | Matea Gold
Former CBS anchor Dan Rather returns to the airwaves this Sunday, when "60 Minutes" is scheduled to air his first piece for the program since he left the evening news in March. The segment is a profile on CNBC "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer. Rather, who delivered a controversial report in September 2004 about President Bush's National Guard service on the now-defunct "60 Minutes Wednesday," remained a correspondent on that program until it was canceled in May.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2005 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
The first few minutes of this Sunday's season premiere of "60 Minutes" offer a glimpse of some of the underlying tensions at the venerable television newsmagazine. Along with longtime correspondents Ed Bradley, Steve Kroft, Lesley Stahl and Morley Safer, the opening segment will feature another face -- that of former CBS anchor Dan Rather, who joined the show after "60 Minutes Wednesday" was canceled this spring.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2005 | From staff and wire reports
For one last night, Dan Rather was No. 1 in the ratings. CBS was first in the preliminary Nielsen Media Research ratings among the three network evening newscasts on Wednesday, Rather's last day as anchorman. CBS usually has finished a distant third. Rather topped the ratings for several years after taking over from Walter Cronkite in 1981, before being eclipsed first by ABC's Peter Jennings, then by NBC's Tom Brokaw.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2005 | From Associated Press
CBS will televise a one-hour prime-time tribute to Dan Rather the night he leaves the evening news anchor chair, and its producer says it won't avoid the story that has clouded his final days on the job. "Dan Rather: A Reporter Remembers" will air at 8 p.m. March 9, an hour after he anchors his final evening newscast after 24 years, the network announced Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2005 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
CBS Chairman and Chief Executive Leslie Moonves on Tuesday said it's "very possible" that retiring anchor Dan Rather will be replaced with multiple hosts on the "CBS Evening News," and he didn't rule out asking Comedy Central host Jon Stewart to play some role in the newscast. Moonves' comments were the strongest indication that the network is seriously weighing the benefit of having more than one anchor in the chair.
NATIONAL
January 16, 2005 | James Rainey and Scott Gold, Times Staff Writers
Dan Rather was on the run, chasing big stories from New York to Florida to Texas and back to CBS headquarters in Manhattan. In less than a week: The Republican National Convention. A deadly hurricane. An interview for a blockbuster CBS investigation. Former President Clinton's open-heart surgery. Exhausted and stretched to the limit, the veteran anchorman didn't find time that week to learn much about a news source named Lt. Col. Bill Burkett, he would later explain.
NATIONAL
January 12, 2005 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
CBS anchor Dan Rather said Tuesday that he felt "sadness and concern" for four colleagues who lost their jobs after an independent panel harshly criticized a "60 Minutes Wednesday" story that questioned President Bush's military service. But the veteran newsman added that "good can come from this process" if journalists did their jobs carefully without becoming "afraid to cover important and controversial issues."
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