How Dan Rather Changed Hurricane Coverage

By Alex Weprin Comment

Most Americans know Dan Rather as an anchor at CBS News, or in his current role at AXS TV (formerly HDNet). What many people may not know, however, is that Rather was the originator of what is now a ubiquitous part of hurricane coverage: superimposing radar of the storm over a map.

Rather, who was a local reporter in Texas, jerry-rigged the graphic while covering Hurricane Carla near Galveston in 1961. He told us all about it when we interviewed him for the mediabistroTV series “My First Big Break.”