A sit down interview with veteran news anchor Dan Rather

Published: Nov. 4, 2011 at 7:55 PM HST|Updated: Nov. 5, 2011 at 12:49 AM HST
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PEARL HARBOR (HawaiiNewsNow) - He's been the face of the CBS Evening News for more than two decades, and his career has spanned more than 60 years and counting.

We sat down with veteran news anchor Dan Rather as he talked about his latest project, as well as his love for the islands.

For 24 years, we saw his reassuring face every weekday evening, but Dan Rather's career choice began like many others.

"I'm one of those who dreamed of being a reporter when I was young, I'm very lucky. It's the only thing I can ever remember wanting to be. I not only like journalism but I think it's important when it's at its best", said Rather.

Since his illustrious career in news started back in 1950, Rather has covered nearly every major news event around the globe, both in the anchor seat, and out in the field.

"I was in Dallas when President John Kennedy was assassinated. Our team, and I'm going to say this in no self-serving way, broke the story that not only had he been shot, but was dead".

"Covering the war in the green jungle hell that was Vietnam is burned in my memory forever. Keep in mind what you're looking at here is a reporter who got lucky, very, very lucky", added Rather.

The 80-year old is here in the islands shooting an hour and a half long cable special, set to air December 6th, commemorating the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

"I'm old enough to remember the start of World War II. I remember hearing the radio broadcast Japanese attack Pearl Harbor", said Rather.

"I love talking to the veterans because they have vivid memories of these things".

As for being in Hawaii, "about Hawaii, first and foremost I like the people".

"I also think there's something indescribable about Hawaii that is unique to these islands, and it's a certain tranquility that just permeates the place" added Rather.

As talented a journalist as Rather is, he's also known for his original catch-phrases, or "Ratherisms", but his most notable one isn't a phrase, but a single word.

"To each of you, courage".

"I decided, it's not a bad way to end the broadcast. It resonates with me part because it was my father's favorite word, but also I think if we're any good, all of us aspire to courage. Very few have it, but we aspire to it".

The hour and a half long special on Pearl Harbor is tentatively set to air on HD Net on December 6th.