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CBS Honors Dan Rather With Primetime Special

August 25th, 2006 1:57pm EDT
Dan RatherCBS News marks Dan Rather's remarkable career at the Network with a one-hour primetime special. The program, “Dan Rather: A Reporter Remembers,” will be broadcast Friday, Sept. 1, (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

The special is a candid memoir of the newsman's extraordinary career, told primarily in his own words. Rather takes viewers through his historic tenure at CBS News -- discussing recently what it was like to leave the anchor chair and the organization and what his future holds.

"Not only was I lucky to be at CBS, I was lucky to be there when I was there," said Rather. "I came to CBS at a time when television news was really in an adolescent state. I came to maturity while I (was) working at CBS."

"Time moves on, and you move on," he continued. "What's changed is the location where I'm working, but the nature of the work doesn't change. I'm a lifetime reporter. That's what I've always dreamed of being, and I was very lucky to live my dream, and I'm still living it in some v important ways. So I've moved on to new work. I still hope and I believe that some of my best work is ahead of me."

"The CBS News audience, they stuck by me through sunshine and storms, and through the good times and bad times," added Rather. "The loyalty of the CBS News audience was never about me, it was never to me. It was really to what CBS News had aspired to, tried to do, and in many ways had done, since Ed Murrow and the Murrow boys invented electronic journalism as we know it."

Rather was on the front lines of virtually all of the major world events of the past nearly 50 years. The broadcast will look at his life as a journalist and the unique position he held as a witness to history. It will focus on many of the critical events and issues Rather covered that form the architecture of his incredible career, including the Vietnam War, civil rights and desegregation in the South, Watergate, Iran-Contra, Tiananmen Square, Iraq and the Middle East, and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Rather, who joined CBS News in 1962, is one of a handful of individuals who created and built the institution of broadcast journalism. He covered virtually every major event in the world for CBS News in the past 44 years. Rather has received virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including numerous Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award and citations from critical, scholarly, professional and charitable organizations. He left CBS News in June 2006.