HOUSTON -- KHOU is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year! Channel 11 signed on the air on March 22, 1953, as KGUL-TV in Galveston. In June 1959, the station changed its call letters to KHOU and relocated to Houston.
One of the first faces of KHOU was Houston native Dan Rather, who earned his journalism degree from Sam Houston State University in 1953.
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After working at a Houston radio station and as a television reporter at another station, Rather was promoted to news director for KHOU-TV in 1961.
His coverage of Hurricane Carla in September 1961 brought him to the attention of network executives, and he was promoted to the position of CBS network correspondent.