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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 11, 2005 | TIM RUTTEN
Exhaustive, independent and thorough though it may be, CBS' official report on what went wrong in Dan Rather's now-infamous "60 Minutes Wednesday" segment on President Bush's Air National Guard service has one thing in common with that original broadcast.
October 14, 2004 | Elizabeth Jensen
CBS News, which is waiting while outside investigators finish their inquiry into what went wrong with a "60 Minutes" report on President Bush's Texas Air National Guard service that used unverifiable documents, said Wednesday that Dan Rather will anchor the network's election night coverage Nov. 2.
November 16, 2003 | Ann Conway, Times Staff Writer
Heralded and harassed when he was honored by the Museum of Television & Radio, CBS newsman Dan Rather took it all in stride at a fast-paced gala Monday night. "Rather has always been one of my heroes," comedian Jay Leno said as he welcomed guests to the dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel that also recognized "Friends" producers Kevin Bright, David Crane and Marta Kauffman. "I remember him doing one of the first 'sweeps' stories, a strip search at a Catholic girls' school."
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