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September 21, 2005

CONTACT:
Matt Lindsay: (202) 994-1423; mlindsay@gwu.edu

** OPEN MEDIA COVERAGE **

RATHER CANDID:
Dan Rather to Reflect on his Distinguished Career and Discuss the Future of Broadcast Journalism on The Kalb Report, Sept. 26

"Dan Rather has been my friend and colleague for more than 40 years. I think he is an exceptional journalist, who can shed light on the radical changes sweeping through the media. He can also help us understand his unintended role as a player in last year's presidential election. I can't wait to sit down and talk with a journalist
who has become a legend in his time."
- journalist/scholar Marvin Kalb

WASHINGTON -- In a career spanning five decades, Dan Rather has reported on the most significant news of our time, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, the death of President John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, President Richard Nixon's historic visit to China, Watergate, the student protests in Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Soviet Union, Saddam Hussein and the Gulf Wars, the September 11 attacks, and the war on terrorism. After 24 years as anchor and managing editor for the CBS Evening News, Rather stepped down on March 9, 2005, to assume full-time responsibilities as a correspondent for CBS News' 60 Minutes. What does the future hold for Dan Rather? What are the major achievements and greatest challenges of his career? What does Rather see in the future for broadcast journalism and journalists? 

The Kalb Report: "A Conversation with Dan Rather" will take place on Monday, September 26, 2005, at 8 p.m. in the National Press Club's Main Ballroom (National Press Building, 14th and F streets, NW, 13th Floor). 

The Kalb Report series is produced by The George Washington University, The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University, and The National Press Club. The partnership has produced 45 programs in The Kalb Report series since 1994. 

The executive producer of The Kalb Report is GW Vice President and Journalism Professor Michael Freedman. The series is underwritten by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Media interested in covering the forum should contact Matt Lindsay at (202) 994-1423 or mlindsay@gwu.edu.
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