Dan Rather

Presidential Forum

Dan Rather is a veteran journalist who has covered national and international stories that have shaped our world, including the Civil Rights movement, the assassination of President Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the wars in Afghanistan, the Tienanmen Square uprising, 9/11, the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and the Haitian earthquake.

With a famed and storied career that has spanned more than six decades, Dan Rather has earned his place as one of the world’s best-known journalists. He has interviewed every president since Eisenhower and, over that time, personally covered almost every important dateline in the United States and around the world. Rather joined CBS News in 1962. He quickly rose through the ranks, and, in 1981, he assumed the position of Anchor and Managing Editor of the CBS Evening News, a post he held for 24 years. His reporting across the network helped turn 60 Minutes into an institution, launched 48 Hours as an innovative news magazine program, and shaped countless specials and documentaries.

Upon leaving CBS, Rather returned to the in-depth reporting he always loved, creating the Emmy Award–winning Dan Rather Reports on HDNet. Now, building upon that foundation, he is president and CEO of News and Guts, an independent production company he founded that specializes in high-quality nonfiction content across a range of traditional and digital distribution channels.

Dr. Vaughan Turekian

Agency Lecture

Dr. Vaughan Turekian is the senior board director for sustainability programs at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, assuming the role in July 2017. Prior to this, he served as the fifth Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State. In this capacity, he advised the Secretary of State and other senior State Department officials on international environment, science, technology, and health matters affecting the foreign policy of the United States.

From 2016 to 2017, he served as a country co-chair, along with the Kenyan Ambassador to the United Nations, for the Multistakeholder Forum on Science Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, a high-level discussion at the United Nations designed to accelerate progress toward globally agreed upon development targets. He also established the Foreign Minsters’ Science and Technology Advisers Network, a first-of-its-kind initiative to bring together senior scientists from foreign ministries in developed and developing countries to address cutting-edge issues.

Dr. Turekian draws upon his background in atmospheric chemistry and policy experience to promote science, technology, and engineering as integral components of international relations.

Dr. Turekian was Chief International Officer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the founding director of the Director of AAAS’s Center for Science Diplomacy (2006–2015).

In this capacity, he worked to build bridges between nations based on shared scientific goals, placing special emphasis on regions where traditional political relationships are strained or do not exist. As founding Editor-in-Chief of Science & Diplomacy, an online quarterly publication, he published original policy pieces that have served to inform international science policy recommendations.

In addition, Turekian worked at the State Department as Special Assistant and Adviser to the Under Secretary for Global Affairs (2002–2006) on issues related to sustainable development, climate change, environment, energy, science, technology, and health. He also served as Program Director for the Committee on Global Change Research at the National Academy of Sciences (2000–2002), where he was study director for a White House report on climate change science (the 2001 Cicerone Report).

Dr. Turekian holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Geophysics and International Studies from Yale University (1993) and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where he used stable isotopes to trace the sources of and processes of aerosols in the marine boundary layer.