July 2, 2006 |
I'VE never quite understood all the fuss over Dan Rather, who was always a solid reporter but an embarrassing anchorman who never should have been. After almost 25 years in the anchor chair at CBS News, he still looked every night as though he had just taken over the job the day before -- or had been forced into it, staring into the camera like a terrified weekend news rookie. He never seemed at ease, unlike his silky rivals Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw.
June 21, 2006 |
In their announcement Tuesday that Dan Rather is leaving CBS News after more than four decades, network officials stressed the longtime anchor's legacy and devotion to his craft, heralding his "singular role" in shaping broadcast journalism. But their respectful tone did little to blunt the fact that network executives effectively pushed him out by declining to renew his contract as a full-time correspondent for "60 Minutes."
June 16, 2006 |
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.
April 26, 2006 |
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.
January 28, 2006 |
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.
November 11, 2005 |
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.
September 23, 2005 |
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.
March 11, 2005 |
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.
March 10, 2005 |
Dan Rather ended his long and sometimes-stormy tenure as anchor of "CBS Evening News" on Wednesday with quiet thanks and a personal wish for courage by disaster victims, the oppressed and journalists in peril. Addressing viewers near the end of the telecast, the 73-year-old newsman, who took over the anchor chair from Walter Cronkite in 1981, said, "We have shared a lot in the 24 years we've been meeting here each evening. And before I say good night this night, I need to say thank you.
March 7, 2005 |
After months at the center of a media storm and years as one of the most polarizing figures on the American news scene, Dan Rather will sign off this week as anchor of "CBS Evening News." But to paraphrase one of his homespun Rather-isms, don't bet the trailer money that he'll disappear. "I'm not retiring, I'm changing jobs," the 73-year-old newsman insisted in a phone interview.