TV journalist Dan Rather will speak at a free event at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at Wright State University.
Rather covered a number of national events over his 50-year career in broadcast journalism.
Rather’s visit is part of this year’s Presidential Lecture Series and WSU Honors Institute and the theme is “Democracy, Politics and You.”
Below is a list of five things Rather accomplished in his career that he could speak about later this month:
1. Reporting on the Watergate scandal as it unfolded
Rather was the CBS News White House correspondent during while President Richard Nixon was in office.
He helped cover the Watergate break-in and subsequent scandal that engulfed Nixon’s administration. The scandal led to the president’s resignation making Nixon the only U.S. president to ever resign.
2. Covering the civil rights movement in the south
During the 1960s, Rather worked for CBS as the chief of the news organization’s southwest bureau. While in the position, Rather reported on the struggles of the civil rights movement throughout the southern portion of the U.S.
3. Reporting on presidential elections and administrations
Rather has covered almost every presidential campaign since 1952, according to Wright State.
He also served as the White House correspondent for CBS News during the administrations of Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.
4. Anchoring the evening news
Rather worked as a broadcast journalist for 50 years, according to Wright State.
He served as the anchor of CBS Evening News from 1981 to 2005. He also worked as an anchor for the long running TV news magazine 60 Minutes.
5. Starting his own production company
After leaving CBS, Rather founded a cable news magazine program that produced more than 300 hours of programming, according to WSU. His production company has developed an interview program, documentaries and digital video content.
In 2012, he also published a memoir titled “Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News.”
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