CBS Evening News. Rather (Dan) Papers, Box 77 Folder 9_0004, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University.
In crises, anchors "aren’t just there to impart or repeat information; they become in a sense, national hand holders, figures of supportive strength.”
— Washington Post, January 29, 1986
During shattering events such as the assassination attempt on President Reagan, the Challenger space shuttle disaster, and 9/11, Rather delivered critically acclaimed hours-long coverage, bringing clarity and a sense of calm in times of confusion and uncertainty. He could rely on a team of experienced news professionals, from producers and cameramen to correspondents who provided reports on the ground and commentaries.