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Journalists Join HDNet’s “Dan Rather Reports”

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Five distinguished news journalists named to production staff
for HDNet's new weekly news program, "Dan Rather Reports".

Dallas, TX -November 09, 2006 - "Dan Rather Reports", the new weekly news series premiering November 14 on HDNet, announced the addition of five distinguished news journalists to the program's staff. Each will be working alongside Dan Rather, the program's Host and Global Correspondent, and will report directly to Executive Producer Wayne Nelson.

Among those joining the staff are Janice Tomlin, an Emmy award-winning producer from ABC News and CBS News; Peabody award-winning producer from CBS News, Dana Roberson; Toby Wertheim, the esteemed producer and researcher formerly of CBS News; David Small, who was previously an editor at CBS News; and former ABC News editor Sarah Josephson.

"We are building a very strong team of veteran journalists with extraordinary talent", said Mark Cuban, Chairman and Co-founder of HDNet. "The experience that these people bring to the table will not only showcase Dan Rather's reporting but will also guarantee that "Dan Rather Reports" delivers the highest quality news program week after week."

Janice Tomlin is an award-winning television producer who has worked for ABC and CBS News for more than two decades. Her reporting has been recognized by 17 National Emmys, three Overseas Press Club awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards, two Christopher Awards, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award, and numerous other awards, including the Edward R. Murrow, Sigma Delta Chi, Gracie, International Film and TV Festival Gold medal, and The Headliner Award. Tomlin is best known for a series of reports broadcast by ABC "20/20" exposing the deplorable conditions in state-run orphanages where hundreds of thousands of Romanian children were living. In 2001, Tomlin moved to "60 Minutes", and in 2003 she received a NATAS award for "Lifetime Achievement" along with Don Hewitt and other "60 Minutes" correspondents and producers. Tomlin joins HDNet as the Senior Producer of "Dan Rather Reports" and is based in Dallas.

Dana Roberson joins "Dan Rather Reports" as a Producer. She received a Peabody Award for her work on the CBS News report that broke the story about the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Over the past 20 years she has produced segments for "60 Minutes," "Face the Nation" and "Sunday Morning". She has received recognition from Sigma Delta Chi, American Women in Radio and Television, and the National Association of Black Journalists. Roberson is based in New York City.

Toby Wertheim, who has over 27 years of experience as a producer and researcher at CBS News, has joined HDNet as Director of Research for "Dan Rather Reports." In her new position, Wertheim generates story ideas and leads, develops sources and works with producers to monitor and ensure consistency and accuracy of information. Wertheim is based in New York City.

David Small is an award-winning editor who joins "Dan Rather Reports" with over 25 years of experience, having worked for the CBS News broadcasts "48 Hours" and "Sunday Morning", as well as A&E Networks "Biography" and The History Channel. Small has received three Emmy awards for his work as a producer and editor of long-form documentaries.

Sarah Josephson, previously an editor from ABC News "World News Tonight", "20/20" and "Nightline", has been working in media production for more than a decade. In addition, Josephson worked as an editor for PBS' "Now with David Brancaccio" and A&E Networks' "Biography".

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