With a famed and storied career spanning more than six decades, Dan Rather has earned his place as one of the world's best-known journalists.

A longtime witness to historical change, he has interviewed every president since Dwight D. Eisenhower and, over that time, covered almost every important dateline in the U.S. and around the world.

The Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries and the Columbus Metropolitan Club have arranged a special evening with the legendary journalist and author July 25 at Villa Milano Banquet & Conference Center, 1630 Schrock Road in Columbus.

Rather will discuss his latest book, "What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism," as well as topics ranging from politics and the media to current events and our country's most pressing issues.

WBNS-10TV's Scott Light will be the evening's emcee and host for a question-and-answer session. Following the Q&A, books will be available for purchase and signing.

Tickets for "An Evening with Dan Rather," which starts at 7:30 p.m., are $50 ($45 for members of the foundation and the CMC). They are available at columbusmetroclub.org/event-2939211.

Rather joined CBS News in 1962. He rose through the ranks, and in 1981 assumed the position of anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News -- a post he held for 24 years.

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

Editor's note: The Columbus Dispatch is one of the organizations providing support for "An Evening with Dan Rather."

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.