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Happy Birthday To Easton’s Dan Rather

Dan Rather turns 82 on Thursday.
Dan Rather turns 82 on Thursday. Photo Credit:

WESTON, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Easton’s Dan Rather!

Daniel Irvin "Dan" Rather, Jr., who has owned a home in Easton, turns 82 on Thursday. The journalist and the former news anchor was born October 31, 1931, in Wharton County, Texas.

Rather began his journalism career in 1950 as an Associated Press reporter in Huntsville, Texas and later, he was a reporter for United Press (1950–1958).

He began his television career as a reporter for KTRK-TV, the ABC affiliate in Houston and was subsequently promoted to the director of news for KHOU-TV, the CBS affiliate in Houston.

He 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 and left the network altogether after 43 years in 2006.

He has received numerous Emmy Awards, several Peabody Awards, and various honorary degrees from universities for his lifetime contributions to journalism. He is now managing editor and anchor of the television news magazine Dan Rather Reports on the cable channel AXS TV.

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