New York, NY – August 1, 2013 – The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced that renowned journalist, Dan Rather, will receive the prestigious Trustees Award at a gala to be held at the New York Yacht Club on Friday, October, 18, 2013.
“As an executive at the CBS Television Network, I had the pleasure of working with Dan on the CBS EVENING NEWS, 60 MINUTES, and numerous CBS News specials,” said, Malachy G. Wienges, Chairman, NATAS. “I’ve always respected Dan’s talent and his news gathering instincts.”
“Dan Rather is one of those rare newsmen, who through the many years of his career, has overcome the criticisms all news people receive at times, said, Harold Crump, VP, Hubbard Broadcasting and NATAS Executive Committee member. “How? By never ceasing to always get to the truth in the story, regardless of the consequences. And so today, he is one of the most respected names in our business.”
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.
In 2006 Rather founded the company News and Guts and became anchor and managing editor of DAN RATHER REPORTS on HDNet (now AXS TV), which specializes in investigative journalism and international reporting.
Over the many years of his career, Rather has regularly landed the biggest interviews with the world’s most important and compelling figures, from the famous to the infamous. Rather’s passion for the news, for getting the story and for taking on the most challenging assignments in journalism is unmatched. He has dedicated himself to delivering to the American public coverage that is fair and accurate, no matter the size and scope of the story. He has interviewed every United States president from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and virtually every major international leader of the past 30 years. He landed two world exclusive news-breaking interviews with Saddam Hussein, in 1990 and in 2003. In 2004, as a correspondent for 60 MINUTES II, Rather also broke what was arguably that year’s biggest story—the abuse of prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison. More recently, his “Dan Rather Reports” for AXS TV has been honored with three Emmy® Awards for investigative reporting. The program was also honored with the 43rd annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in addition to winning 2 Front Page Awards for stories concerning the plight of women abroad.
Among the landmarks of his illustrious career was his tenacious and critically acclaimed live reporting on the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Rather spent 53 hours and 35 minutes on the air over less than four days beginning the morning of the attacks. In 2000, he anchored Election Night 2000, a marathon that kept him on the air continuously from 6:00 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 7, to 10:00 AM on Wednesday, Nov. 8.
Rather served as anchor and managing editor of the CBS EVENING NEWS from March 9, 1981 to March 9, 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 September 2002. He was a correspondent for 60 MINUTES from October 1975 to September 1981, and again from March 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 September 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 March 1981 to November 2004.
During his forty-four years with CBS News, Rather held many other prestigious positions, including anchor of the documentary series CBS REPORTS and of the weekend editions of the CBS EVENING NEWS. He served as the CBS News bureau chief in London and Saigon and was the White House correspondent during the Johnson, Nixon and Ford administrations.
He has received virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including numerous Emmy and Peabody Awards and citations from critical, scholarly, professional and charitable organizations.
About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering. NATAS membership consists of more than 13,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv
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