Dan Rather: A Journey Through 70 Years in American Journalism

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Dan Rather has been a fixture in American journalism since the early 1950s.

As a young boy, growing up in Texas Rather became enamored of heroes like Edward r. Murrow, and vowed to become a journalist himself someday.

After establishing himself as a local reporter in the ’50s, Rather joined CBS News in the early 1960s. He was promoted to White House correspondent, and famously had run-ins with President Richard m. Nixon.

In 1981 Dan Rather succeeded Walter Cronkite as anchor of the CBS evening News, a position he held for the next 24 years. His tenure in the anchor chair was not without its controversy and rather occasionally found himself at the center of the news.

In 1976 he wrote a best-selling book about the network news business, called The Camera, Never Blinks. And in 1994 he wrote its sequel, The Camera Never Blinks Twice. And that’s when I had one of my several interviews with him.

So here now, from 1994, Dan Rather.

Dan Rather is 92 now and still covering the news. Since 2021, he has been writing the newsletter “Steady” on the Substack platform.

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Jorge Ramos

For many years, Walter Cronkite was America’s favorite, and most trusted, television news anchor. Today, there’s a man known as the Walter Cronkite of Latino Americans

His name is Jorge Ramos, and he has been anchoring the news on Univision since 1987.

After his 50th birthday, when he realized that he had spent exactly half of his life in his native Mexico and half in the United States, Ramos became a US citizen..

But as he explained in his 2002 autobiography, No Borders, Ramos never felt completely at home in either country.

And that conversation that we had about his book more than 20 years ago seems as relevant today as it did then .

So here now, from 2002, Jorge Ramos.

Jorge Ramos is 65. He’s been Univision anchor since 1987. He lives in Miami.

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Mika Brzezinski

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She is one of the most visible faces in television news. For 15 years she has co-hosted MSNBC’s Morning Joe program.

But before that, Mika Brzezinski ;s future in television news was anything but certain. In fact, she wasn’t sure she had a future.

Through a little bit of luck, a lot of hard work, and a persistence that just wouldn’t give up, Brzezinski earned her way back into TV news, and eventually the Morning Joe co-host slot.

I met her in 2010 when she wrote a memoir that was also a motivational book for women called All Things at Once.

So here now, from 2010, Mika Brzezinski .

Mika Brzezinski celebrated her 55th birthday last month. She and her first husband divorced in 2016. She’s been married to her MSNBC co-host Joe Scarborough since 2018.

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Mark McEwen

For 16 years, Mark McEwen was a fixture on CBS’s “Early Show.”

For a time, McEwen was also host of A&E’s “Live by Request.” Later he joined a TV station in Orlando, Florida.

But in 2005, Mark McEwen suffered a stroke. He nearly died.

I met him three years later, when he wrote a book about his experience.

Here now, Mark McEwen, from 2008:

Today Mark McEwen, who is 65, still lives in Florida.