Dan Rather

Rather at the 2005 [[Peabody Awards]] Daniel Irvin Rather Jr. (born October 31, 1931) is an American journalist and the former news anchor for the ''CBS Evening News.'' He currently anchors a newscast called ''The News with Dan Rather'' at The Young Turks and was previously managing editor and anchor of the television news magazine ''Dan Rather Reports'' on the cable channel AXS TV. Rather was anchor of the ''CBS Evening News'' for 24 years, from March 9, 1981, to March 9, 2005. He also contributed to CBS's ''60 Minutes''. Rather became embroiled in controversy after presenting forged documents during a news report on President George W. Bush's Vietnam-era service in the National Guard and subsequently left ''CBS Evening News'' in 2005. He continued to work with CBS until 2006, when he left the network after 44 years.

Along with Peter Jennings at ABC News and Tom Brokaw at NBC News, Rather was one of the "Big Three" news anchors in the U.S. during the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s. The three all hosted their network's flagship nightly news programs for over 20 years, and all three started and then retired or died within a year of one another. Rather later filed a $70 million lawsuit after his ouster from CBS, which was tossed out by the judge.
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