Legendary news anchor Dan Rather took center stage at the Saenger Theater in Hattiesburg recently. Reporter Quentis Jones caught up with the longtime broadcaster when Rather stopped by the University of South Mississippi in Hattiesburg, where he shared stories about his many years in the news business, behind the anchor desk and on the front lines as a correspondent.
In his more than a half century of reporting, Dan Rather has covered every war from the Vietnam to Iraq. That’s why he was this year’s top choice for the war lecture at Southern Miss. As the former anchor of the CBS evening news, rather has been on the front lines of history, and more than 60 years since becoming a journalist, he told the crowd at USM he’s seen changes in how Americans view the United States’s role in the world, but it’s apparent even still his passion for journalism is unwavering.
“I’m basically a reporter who got lucky, very, very lucky. Frankly I love it all. I love what I do,” Rather said.
That was love was evident in the room as he spoke to USM students and the media about his time as a war correspondent. School leaders say he brings an objective approach to what’s really happening on the battle lines.
Former speakers at this USM annual event, have included General David Petraeus and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.