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Dan Rather returning to Sam Houston State University

Former CBS anchor to join Gibson in President's Speaker Series

Contributing Reporter

Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 01:09

Dan Rather 9-27-11

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Dan Rather, class of '53, will return to SHSU Wednesday for the President's Speaker Series.

Dan Rather will be sharing his experiences and memories as an iconic broadcaster and the longest-serving CBS anchor at Sam Houston State University Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Rather is a native Texan and renowned alumnus of SHSU. He is best known for his extensive and celebrated career as the anchor and managing editor for the "CBS Evening News," spanning 24 years from 1981 to 2005. The venerable news program has also been anchored by broadcasting legends Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, and Katie Couric.

During college, Rather served as the Houstonian editor-in-chief from 1951 to 1953.

Rather will be the guest of the "Mingling with the Media" event. Throughout the program, Rather will speak about his experiences in his career including his current position as the host and managing editor of his own show, which started its sixth season on Sept. 13.

"Dan Rather Reports" on HDNet has been nominated for numerous awards at this year's Doc Emmys including Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a News Magazine, Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting in a News Magazine and Outstanding Editing- Quick Turnaround.

Rather has been the leading correspondent for many historic events such as the John F. Kennedy assassination, the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s as well as the Vietnam, Afghan, Persian Gulf, Yugoslavian and Iraqi wars. His extensive career, covering some of the most prominent events in American history, has earned him the highly regarded Peabody Award in broadcast journalism.

Rather controversially stepped down from CBS over a "60 Minutes Wednesday" report that relied on what conservative activists and bloggers called falsified records for a story about then President George W. Bush's military record during the Vietnam War.

Joining Rather on stage will be Sam Houston State University president Dr. Dana Gibson as well as Warner Chair of Journalism at SHSU Peter Roussel.

SHSU's student-run organization Priority One is hosting the event.

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