Mostly Credited As: Dan Rather
Sometimes Credited As: Dan Blather
Birth Name: Daniel Irvin Rather Jr.
Date Of Birth: October 31, 1931 (Age 83)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Wharton, Texas
Height: 5' 11" (1.8 m)
Rather was born in Wharton, Texas and graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, where he wanted to play football. He worked at local radio station KSAM in Huntsville during his college years. Following graduation he worked for radio station KTRK in Houston and went to work for KHOU-TV, the CBS affiliate in Houston. In 1961, he covered Hurricane Carla for KHOU-TV in Houston, Texas, and it caught the eye of CBS News executives, who hired him in 1962. He was in Dallas on November 22, 1963 and was CBS' lead anchor from Dallas during the coverage of the Kennedy assassination. In 1975, he became co-anchor of "60 Minutes" (1968) and in 1981 was selected to replace Walter Cronkite as anchor of the "CBS Evening News" (196)_ , where he remains as anchor to this day. The Communications Building on the campus of Sam Houston State University is named for Rather.