Dan Rather was the face of the news division on CBS for many decades. His career took him all over the world, but his wife, Jean, worked hard to keep their family together.
With over 60 years together, Rather does not believe his life would have been worth living without her.
Dan Rather was a famous journalist who started his career in Texas before becoming a national name for his reporting skills. Rather was not afraid to throw himself into the thick of things to get to the bottom of a story.
The journalist spent the majority of his career at CBS. He worked with the network for 44 years, spent 24 years as an anchoring managing editor of the “CBS Evening News” and spent time on “60 Minutes.”
Rather described his time on CBS as “magic” and a dream come true. He loved how dedicated each anchor was to getting to the bottom of the truth and delivering the best news to their audience.While Rather traveled the world hunting for the best news stories, his wife, Jean, took care of their children. The couple met while the journalist worked at KTRH radio in Houston.
Jean was there to start a position as a secretary and Rather fell in love instantly. “In my case, it was love at first sight. Not only was she so intelligent, she was smoking hot, and it took me a while to convince her to marry me,” he recalled.
The couple has been together for over six decades, and when asked what the secret behind the long-lasting marriage is, Rather said it was nothing besides constantly putting in the work and effort to make their union work.
The news anchor was lucky to have a wife who supported his busy career and helped him stay grounded. He admitted that he spent most of the years away from home, leaving Jean to raise their two children alone. “Mostly thanks to Jean, they have grown into very good adults,” he expressed.Although Rather spent time away from home reporting on historical moments, like the Civil Rights Movement, and spent approximately a year in Vietnam in 1965, he never took for granted the work his wife did to keep their family together.
Despite his important work, Rather still said he would feel worthless if Jean ever left him. In fact, the 91-year-old did not believe he would still be alive if he had not been married to his wife of over 60 years.He credited Jean for constantly checking on his health, ensuring he did everything to stay on top of his exercises and not put his body through too much strain. But above everything, he appreciated how she put emphasis on a good work-life balance.