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Rather Anchors Final 'Evening News'

Wednesday night is Dan Rather's last broadcast as anchor at CBS's Evening News. It marks Rather's 24th anniversary behind the desk of the broadcast.

Rather, 73, has covered almost every major news story of the last four decades, but a botched report on President Bush's military service record cast a shadow on the last months of his tenure.

Rather got his start in the 1950s as a wire service and radio reporter in Huntsville, Texas. The network hired him after seeing his exhaustive coverage of a hurricane bearing down on Galveston for the CBS station in Houston.

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David Folkenflik was described by Geraldo Rivera of Fox News as "a really weak-kneed, backstabbing, sweaty-palmed reporter." Others have been kinder. The Columbia Journalism Review, for example, once gave him a "laurel" for reporting that immediately led the U.S. military to institute safety measures for journalists in Baghdad.

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