Press Release for Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Dan Rather Speaks on the Changing Dynamics of Media at UNF

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Broadcast Journalist Dan Rather, will discuss the “Changing Dynamics of Media: Keeping Citizens Informed” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, in the Fine Arts Center, Lazzara Performance Hall. This is the inaugural lecture of the Jay and Deanie Stein Lecture Series. There will also be a student interaction with Rather at 1:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall.

Rather was anchor and managing editor for the CBS Evening News for 24 years and is currently a correspondent for 60 Minutes. Since 1962, when Rather first joined CBS News, he has handled some of the most challenging assignments in journalism.

In 2002 and 2003, the war on terrorism took him to Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Israel. In February 2003, Rather secured the most sought-after interview in the world: an exclusive one-on-one with Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, the first interview the Iraqi leader had conducted with an American journalist since 1991.

He gained special notice for his live anchoring of CBS News’ coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks and his around-the-clock reporting in the days that followed. In the weeks after 9/11, Rather filed reports from Ground Zero on the attacks’ aftermath in New York and the nation for the prime-time news magazine 48 Hours.

Since the start of his career in 1950, Rather has been in the middle of the world's defining moments. From Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, when he kept the American people informed of the details of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, to Beijing, Bosnia, Haiti and Hong Kong decades later, he has covered most of the world's major news stories. During the course of his career, Rather has reported on the civil rights movement in the South, the White House and the wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf and Yugoslavia.

Often referred to as "the hardest working man in broadcast journalism," Rather lives up to the description. His recently published seventh book, The American Dream, chronicles the stories of a wide cross-section of Americans, describing how they achieved their versions of the American dream. He’s also the author of Deadlines and Datelines, published in 1999, The Camera Never Blinks Twice: The Further Adventures of a Television Journalist (1994), I Remember (1991), The Camera Never Blinks (1977) and The Palace Guard (1974).

He has received virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including numerous Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award and citations from critical, scholarly, professional and charitable organizations. During his 35 years with CBS News, Rather has held many prestigious positions, ranging from co-editor of 60 Minutes to anchor of CBS Reports and anchor of the weekend and weeknight editions of the CBS Evening News. He has served as CBS News bureau chief in London and Saigon as well as the White House correspondent during the Johnson and Nixon administrations.

Rather joined CBS News in 1962 as chief of its Southwest bureau in Dallas. He was born Oct. 31, 1931, in Wharton, Texas. In 1953, he received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Sam Houston State Teachers College, where he spent the following year as a journalism instructor. He also attended the University of Houston and the South Texas School of Law.

Tickets are no longer available to the public as this event is sold out. Press wanting to cover this event should contact Joanna Norris, media relations and events, at (904) 620-2102.