Journalist Dan Rather

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on February 4, 2001

I heard that television newsman Dan Rather started his career as a newspaper reporter. Is that true?
—Amy B., Arkansas

Indeed, Dan Rather, 69, who has been with CBS News since 1962 when be became chief of its Southwest bureau in Dallas, began his career as an Associated Press reporter in Huntsville, Texas, and later wrote for United Press International. He gravitated to radio and eventually to television, where he has been on the front lines of some of journalism's biggest stories. He currently is anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News, anchor of 48 Hours, and a correspondent for 60 Minutes II. Rather was born in Wharton, Texas, (pop. 9,265) a town which honors its most famous native—Rather's birthplace was dedicated as part of the Wharton County Historical Museum.