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STARKVILLE, Miss.–One of the major names in U.S. television news history will speak Feb. 18 at Mississippi State.

Dan Rather, CBS Evening News anchor from 1981-2005, will be the special guest of the university’s Student Association for a 7 p.m. program in the Colvard Student Union’s Foster Ballroom. His presentation is another in the SA’s ongoing Global Lecture Series.

“Leadership Principles from the World’s Most Powerful Leaders” will be the title of his remarks. After speaking for 45 minutes, the Texas native will take questions from the audience.

While Rather’s address is free to all, an admission ticket–secured in advance–is required to attend. The one-per-person tickets may be picked up in Suite 314 of the union.

At the program’s conclusion, he will sign copies of “Rather Outspoken: My Life with the News,” his 2012 memoir.

Also an award-winning correspondent for CBS’s long-running 60 Minutes news magazine, Rather now is managing editor and anchor of Dan Rather Reports, a news magazine on cable channel AXS TV.

After graduating from Houston public schools, Rather enrolled at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, where he would become editor of the school newspaper and, in 1953, receive a journalism degree.

His professional career began as a Huntsville-based reporter for the Associated Press. He then worked for several home-state television stations and the Houston Chronicle, among other organizations. He joined CBS in the early 1960s and, during a career spanning more than 60 years, covered the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as the Kennedy assassination, Watergate scandal and 9/11 terrorists attacks. For more, visit www.danrather.com.

Additional details about the ticket distribution and Rather’s presentation are available from B. Tucker Nash or AnnaLeigh Coleman at 662-325-2930; e-mails bnt65@msstate.edu or aec322@msstate.edu.

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