Dan Rather

Dan Rather


10/31/1931, Wharton, Texas, USA

Birth Name

Daniel Irvin Rather Jr.



Also Known As

Dan Irvin Rather Jr., Daniel Irvin Rather, Jr.
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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In May, 2007, Rather received a honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Siena College in Loudonville, New York for his lifetime contributions to journalism.

    • In 1953, he received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University.

    • He attended Love Elementary School, Hamilton Middle School, and Reagan High School.

    • Dan recently left the CBS network after 44 years as an anchor and reporter.

    • He has gotton into a bit of trouble. While anchoring the CBS Evening News he claimed papers that he obtained records of George W. Bush's shaky service in the Army including but not limited to several AWOL's. Later the records were confirmed false and he apoligised on television.

  • Quotes

    • Dan: If a frog had side pockets, he'd carry a hand gun.

    • Dan: Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic.

    • Dan: I cannot remember a time when I didn't want to be a reporter.

    • Dan Rather: John Kerry's lead is as thin as turnip soup. (reporting on the Bush/Kerry 04 election)

    • Dan Rather: I appreciate the words and gestures contained in today's press release by CBS.

    • Dan Rather: I leave CBS News with tremendous memories. But I leave now most of all with the desire to once again do regular, meaningful reporting. My departure before the term of my contract represents CBS's final acknowledgement, after a protracted struggle, that they had not lived up to their obligation to allow me to do substantive work there. As for their offers of a future with only an office but no assignments, it just isn't in me to sit around doing nothing. So I will do the work I love elsewhere, and I look forward to sharing details about that soon.