West Virginia University School of Journalism professor George Esper is available for media interviews regarding the announcement Tuesday (June 20) that Dan Rather is leaving CBS News after 44 years.

Esper, a former war correspondent who worked many years for the Associated Press, knows Rather and can offer expert commentary on his contributions to the broadcast news profession.

Esper can be reached at 781-843-8921, 724-366-7359 (cell) or by email at george.esper@mail.wvu.edu

Rather worked at CBS News since 1962, covering stories ranging from the Kennedy assassination to the 2001 terrorist attacks. He was the CBS Evening News anchor from 1981 to last March.  His final CBS News report aired on CBS Sunday Morning last weekend.