Legendary CBS newsman Dan Rather will appear in an extended interview on KCTV5 News at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Rather, who anchored the CBS Evening News for 24 years, is in town for a public conversation at the Kansas City Central Library to discuss the events and personalities he has covered in his life. The free event in downtown Kansas City, MO, is aimed to promote his new memoir Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News. Rather will hold the public conversation with library director Crosby Kemper III at 6:30 p.m.
For almost 60 years, Rather has reported on and witnessed some of the biggest news stories, including the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Watergate, the George W. Bush National Guard controversy and the Abu Ghraib scandal.
The Texas native began his journalism career in the Lone Star state, working for the Associated Press, United Press International, The Houston Chronicle and several TV and radio stations.
Network executives at CBS made Rather a correspondent and then chief of their southern bureau after his live reporting on a Gulf Coast hurricane.
Rather was the first network television journalist to report that John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. He claims to be one of the first to see the Zapruder film of the killing and the first to describe it on television.
Through both the Johnson and Nixon administrations, Rather was CBS's White House correspondent. In 1981, he succeeded Walter Cronkite as anchorman of the CBS Evening News, where he held that job for 24 years - the longest tenure of anyone in American television history.
In 2005, Rather resigned from the CBS Evening News in the wake of his 60 Minutes II report about president George W. Bush's military service. Critics alleged that the report was based on possibly forged documents, a controversy that came to be known as "Rathergate."
"You can't be a good reporter and not regularly be involved in some kind of controversy," Rather said.
Rather is currently the managing editor and anchor of the television news magazine Dan Rather Reports on the HDNet cable channel.
Admission is to the library event is free. The event will be preceded by a 6 p.m. reception. Those interested in attending can RSVP online or call 816-701-3407. Free parking is also available at the Library District Parking Garage located at West 10th Street and Baltimore Avenue.
If anyone can't make it to the free event, KCTV5.com will livestream it and will post the extended KCTV5 interview Wednesday evening.
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