Dan Rather Reports — which debuted November 14, 2006 — marks a milestone tonight: the program’s 100th episode.
“Taking this program from a literal start-up,” Rather tells TVNewser, “to what it is now is among the happiest and most satisfying professional things in my memory.
“The whole Reports team and I feel a deep gratitude to [HDNet President and Co-Founder] Mark Cuban for being an owner who believes in hard news and doesn’t back up when the heat’s on.
“He said that he would give us complete, total and absolute creative control and he’s done so.”
Airing at 8pmET (with an 11pmET re-broadcast), tonight’s program, “A Border Runs Through It,” will take a look at Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Over the past two-plus years, Reports has focused on topics such as touch-screen voting machines, Mexican drug cartels, and post-Katrina FEMA trailers.
Rather says he is “proud to be a part” of the program, and, combined with his love of work, “I hope and expect to keep doing [the show] as long as God and Mark Cuban allow me to.”
“I don’t see a time,” Rather says, “when I will ‘retire.'”
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