An Evening With Dan Rather As He Discusses His Just-Released Memoir: "Rather Outspoken: My Life In The News "

This event was held on May 21, 2012 at Michigan Theater

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The Ann Arbor District Library is honored to host an evening with journalist Dan Rather as he discusses his new memoir "Rather Outspoken: My Life In The News." The event, which includes a booksigning, will be held at The Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty in Ann Arbor. Books will be on sale. There is no charge to attend this special evening event, cosponsored by Michigan Radio.

Given his distinguished record and his long exposure on television around the globe, Dan Rather may be the best-known journalist in the world. He has covered virtually every major event in the world in the past 60 years. His resume reads like a history book, from his early local reporting in Texas on Hurricane Carla to his unparalleled work covering the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; the civil rights movement; the White House and national politics; wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, Yugoslavia and Iraq. From his first days as the Associated Press reporter in Huntsville, Texas, in 1950, Rather has more than earned his reputation as the "hardest working man in broadcast journalism."

Rather served as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News from 1981 to 2005, the longest such tenure in broadcast journalism history. He helped to found 48 Hours, a broadcast he anchored and reported for from its premiere on Jan. 19, 1988, through 2002. He was a correspondent for 60 Minutes from 1975 to 1981, and again from 2005 to the summer of 2006. Rather also helped to found and served as a correspondent for 60 Minutes II from its debut on Jan. 13, 1999, to its final edition in 2005. His regular contributions to CBS News Radio included Dan Rather Reporting, a weekday broadcast of news and analysis on the CBS Radio Network from 1981 to 2004. In 2006 Rather founded the company News and Guts and became anchor and managing editor of HDNet's Dan Rather Reports, which specializes in investigative journalism and international reporting.

He has received virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including numerous Emmy and Peabody Awards and citations from critical, scholarly, professional and charitable organizations. Rather has also authored or co-authored seven books, four of which have become New York Times bestsellers.

"Rather Outspoken: My Life In The News" is told in a straightforward and conversational manner. Readers will note his distinctive voice on every page. Rather discusses the major stories from his decades of reporting, including inside stories of top personalities he has either interviewed or worked with over his remarkable career. He also discusses his controversial dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, his coverage of the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan" and much more.

The book also include Rather's thoughts and reflections on the state of journalism today and what he sees for its future, as well as never-before-revealed personal observations and commentary.

Join us for this fascinating evening with Dan Rather.

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