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Dan Rather: Return To Galveston Full Circle

Former CBS anchorman Dan Rather is in Galveston today to help raise funds to replant thousands of trees on the island that were lost to Hurricane Ike in 2008. Pat Hernandez had a chance to talk to the man credited with changing the way storms are covered.


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Hurricane Carla was a category-4 storm that hit Galveston in 1961. Dan Rather was working for Ch. 11 when he went to the island to provide live coverage, which had never been done before.

He was the first to put a radar image of a hurricane on network television.

“I’m a reporter, who got lucky, very lucky. It is true that Hurricane Carla, because if was such a large and fierce hurricane, that the CBS network saw our coverage at KHOU Channel 11. The right people were watching at the right time when we were covering the hurricane, and that was the break that got me to CBS News and I’ve never forgotten that.”

Having grown up in Houston, Rather says he’s coming full circle with his return to Galveston. He says replanting the thousands of trees lost to Ike will benefit people of the next generation.

“Trees contribute so much more than just giving shade. Having trees new science has found, that if trees are close to water, they benefit the quality of the water, and they benefit such things as the shrimp habitat, fish habitat.”

He’s the featured speaker at this evening’s fundraiser by the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy at the Tremont Hotel.



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