Dan Rather was the first reporter to confirm the death of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. That's why it was headline news a few days ago when CBS announced that the newsman would not be returning to the network to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the tragic events. As it turns out, Rather will in fact cover the momentous occasion, but in a more intimate way, for AXS TV.
"My Days in Dallas: A Remembrance With Dan Rather" will air on AXS TV on Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. ET. In the AXS special, Rather will offer a personal recollection of the events that day. He will talk about being one of the first to see the infamous Zapruder film and elaborate on his own theories about who shot JFK. Rather returned to Dallas for the first time in over two decades to record the special.
Rather, who is the host and managing editor of AXS TV's "Dan Rather Reports," will share his memories of the day in the one-hour retrospective. As one of the only living reporters with vivid memories of the notoriously awful day, Rather surely brings a unique perspective. According to AXS TV, Rather will "walk the audience through a sequence of events involving the reporting of Kennedy's death and how he became the first press member to confirm it to CBS News, approximately 20 minutes before the official announcement from the White House."
"I was a young reporter covering a country struggling to live up to its ideals of liberty and justice for all — there was already so much uncertainty about America's future before President Kennedy stepped out of Air Force One onto the tarmac of Love Field," says Rather in an AXS press release. "This special will follow, to the best of my recollection, the events as they unfolded and how that horrific day shaped this country for decades to come."
Watch a sneak peek of the intense historical special: