Dan Rather: Reporter of History

This exhibition traces some of the major events in the distinguished career of television journalist, Dan Rather, from his earliest days as a student reporter for The Houstonian at Sam Houston State Teacher's College, as a sports commentator for KTRH radio, and his eventual move to CBS television in New York in 1962. Shown are script fragments, reporter's notebooks, notable correspondence and photographs from all periods of his career. Early highlights include his coverage of the Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, revisited by a 1988 letter from John Kennedy, Jr.

There are items documenting Dan Rather's participation in national election conventions from 1968 to 2004. His notebooks include observations on a young Senate candidate, speaking at the 2004 convention, Barack Obama; as well as questions for Senator Hillary Clinton regarding the idea of a woman running for the presidency. There is material concerning Mr. Rather's coverage of the war in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966 as well as a return trip he made with General Norman Schwarzkopf in 1993. His coverage of Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, and George W. Bush as well as world leaders Mikhail Gorbachev, Fidel Castro and Saddam Hussein, and the war in Iraq, are also included. Correspondence to Dan Rather represented in the exhibition include letters from David Halberstam, Tom Brokaw, Walter Cronkite, Christiane Amanpour, Colin Powell, Al Gore, George Steinbrenner, and Gore Vidal.

There is also new material from Dan Rather Reports, Mr. Rather's new program for HDNet: photographs from programs including interviews with the Dalai Lama and soldiers from Camp Lejeune.

 

This exhibition is no longer on view.

 

Dan Rather
Dan Rather