A Conversation with
Conducted by Lawrence Pintak, founding dean,
The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
Dan Rather's career in news spans 60 years of world history. His earliest beat was the American South where he reported from the frequently violent front lines of the civil rights movement. In 1963, he broke the news of President John F. Kennedy's death in Dallas. In 2001, he anchored four days of live CBS News coverage of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.
Rather was anchor of The CBS Evening News for more than two decades. His two exclusive interviews with Saddam Hussein in 1990 and 2003 were news-making events in themselves. As a correspondent for 60 Minutes II, he broke arguably the biggest story of 2004: prisoner abuse at Iraq's infamous Abu Ghraib prison. He currently serves as managing editor of Dan Rather Reports on AXS TV.
Rather received the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement from Washington State University and The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication during the 38th Murrow Symposium at WSU Pullman. This interview was recorded September 2012 before a live audience in Seattle.