Dan Rather to Present Special Talk for Media, Communication Students

3:30 Presentation on May 4 Open to Students in the College of Communication and Information

Renowned journalist Dan Rather will present an exclusive talk for students in the College of Communication and Information (CCI) during his upcoming visit to Kent State.

The student-only discussion will take place at 3:30 p.m. on May 4, 2018, in FirstEnergy Auditorium (Room 340). Overflow seating will be available (with streaming) in Room 312/314. The talk will also be streamed on Facebook Live.

CCI Dean Amy Reynolds, Ph.D., and a student will moderate the conversation, which will center on media literacy, the media’s role in democracy and the changing landscape of news. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Mr. Rather, who anchored CBS Evening News for nearly 25 years, is visiting Kent State as part of the Presidential Speaker Series. His talk coincides with the annual May 4 Commemoration events.

“Dan Rather has been a witness to events that profoundly affected our country, our campus and the world,” said Kent State University President Beverly Warren, Ph.D. “His unique perspective on the tragic events of May 4, 1970 is of great interest to the university community. His visit directly supports our distinctive mission to prepare students to become engaged world citizens through interactions that spark a passion and purpose to better our society.”

The ripple effect of the May 4 shootings at Kent State played a part in Rather’s coverage of many key events throughout the early 1970s and the end of the Vietnam War. Mr. Rather was awarded the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award, the significance of which is of keen interest to CCI students.

With a career that began in radio and is currently shaping news coverage in social media and beyond, Mr. Rather has earned his place as one of the world’s best-known journalists. During his 44 years at CBS, including 24 years as anchor of the CBS Evening News, he interviewed every president since Dwight D. Eisenhower and personally covered numerous history-making events. He is the recipient of virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including numerous Emmy Awards, and several Peabody Awards.

Currently president and CEO of News and Guts, an independent multimedia production company, Mr. Rather remains an integral part of our national conversation through television appearances, innovative reports on Facebook Live, a much-followed Twitter feed and contributions to Mashable. Mr. Rather’s new book of original essays, “What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism,” draws upon his decades of experience as a living witness to history, covering the biggest events and news stories of our times.

POSTED: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:50am
UPDATED: Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 2:56pm