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Dan Rather Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Dan Rather Quick Info
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 72 kg
Date of Birth October 31, 1931
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Spouse Jean Grace Goebel

Dan Rather is an American journalist and news anchor who became a national name after his reporting on Hurricane Carla in 1961 for KHOU-TV in Houston in Texas saved thousands of lives. He has worked as a CBS news anchor for more than 2 decades and he has been one of the most respected correspondents for several other top television news programs including 60 Minutes (1975–81, 2005–2006). He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors such as the Emmy Trustees Award in 2014 for “Lifetime Achievement”.

Born Name

Dan Irvin Rather Jr.

Nick Name


Dan Rather enjoying a drink before an interview in June 2017
Dan Rather enjoying a drink before an interview in June 2017 (Dan Rather / Instagram)

Sun Sign


Born Place

Wharton, Texas, United States


New York City, New York and Austin, Texas in the United States





He attended Lovett Elementary School and Hamilton Middle School in Houston. He then went to John H. Reagan High School also in Houston, graduating in 1950. After that, he enrolled in Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville (later known as Sam Houston State University) and acquired a bachelor’s degree in Journalism in 1953. He then attended South Texas College of Law in Houston for a brief period.


Journalist, News Presenter, Reporter & Correspondent


  • Father – Daniel Irvin Rather Sr. (Ditch digger & Oil pipeliner)
  • Mother – Byrl Veda (Page) Rather


He is represented by News and Guts.



Dan Rather after receiving the Peabody Award in May 2005
Dan Rather after receiving the Peabody Award in May 2005 (Peabody Awards / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)


5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm


72 kg or 158.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

He has dated –

  1. Jean Grace Goebel (1957-Present) – He tied the knot with Jean Goebel on April 21, 1957. They have a daughter named Robin and a son named Dan.

Race / Ethnicity


He is of English and Scottish descent.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Sharp features
  • Cleft chin



Dan Rather Favorite Things

  • Hobby – Watching the news on television that is almost an addiction, being regular with the mainstream and traditional media evening newscasts like NBC, ABC and CBS
  • TV Journalists / HostsRachel Maddow, Don Lemon, Chris Matthews, Jake Tapper


Dan Rather with CNBC's Squawk Box team in August 2016
Dan Rather with CNBC’s Squawk Box team in August 2016 (Dan Rather / Instagram)

Dan Rather Facts

  1. He was drawn to journalism early on in his life by getting influenced by his father’s interest in reading and the news. During his childhood, he used to listen to radio broadcasts regularly and with immense enthusiasm.
  2. In the 1980s, he used to sign off his news broadcasts with the word “Courage”. He has revealed that it meant something very personal to him despite the fact that he hardly had it in his heart, as it was the favorite word of his father as well as his paternal grandfather.
  3. Rather was the 1st reporter on network television to announce the assassination of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy.
  4. He has written several critically acclaimed books and memoirs such as The American Dream: Stories from the Heart of Our Nation (2001) and Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News (2013).
  5. Rather has been played by Robert Redford in the political docudrama film Truth (2015).
  6. He was the first guest to appear on Late Show with David Letterman on September 17, 2001, after the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001, and he burst into tears twice when he attempted to describe the attacks.

Featured Image by Dan Rather / Instagram

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