Dan Rather to Continue Column

Dan Rather (search) will continue to write his weekly newspaper column after he steps down as CBS News achor in March.

"He wants to continue the column," a official of King Features Syndicate (search), which distrubutes Rather's column to about 50 papers nationally, told the trade publication Editor & Publisher.

That number of subscribing newspapers has held steady since Rather announced he was ending his run as anchor after 24 years, the magazine reported.

Rather was a newspaperman briefly at the beginning of his career, working for The Houston Chronicle and the AP. He began the column in 1997.

Rather also has a daily radio feature on the CBS-owned Westwood One network that has been on the air since 1981.