The college of communication chose Dan Rather to honor this year. The longtime C-S newsman's career spans more than 60 years. He covered many big stories of the day including breaking the news back in 1963 that president Kennedy was assassinated. He's covered every Major U.S. conflict since the Korean War, reported for "60 Minutes", and anchored the CBS Evening News from 1981 to 2005.
"He embodies the Murrow legacy...ethics, responsibility, and courage," said Dr. Lawrence Pintak, dean of the Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. "The man has reported from around the world. He's been one of the leading voices of American journalism for a generation. And sitting in that anchor chair at CBS, he sat in the chair Murrow sat in for so many years."
Rather will accept the honor during a free, public ceremony on September 27th in Beasley Coliseum on the Pullman campus.