After 24 years as CBS' top newsman, Dan Rather confirmed today that he will step down as anchor of the CBS Evening News on March 9, 2005. The announcement comes nearly three months after Rather (and CBS) publicly apologized for airing a hotly contested story questioning President Bush's military record. (It also comes eight days before NBC's Tom Brokaw is due to relinquish his Nightly News duties to Brian Williams.) Rather will continue to work full-time at CBS News as a correspondent for both editions of 60 Minutes, as well as other CBS properties. His Evening News successor has not been named.