The new role marks Schieffer’s return to television after stepping away as chief Washington correspondent and anchor of Face the Nation in June 2015 after a 24-year run in that seat.
The 78-year-old Schieffer moderated his final broadcast Sunday after 24 years, ending a journalism career that started at age 20 at a radio station in Fort Worth, Texas.
Schieffer will host CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday for the last time after 24 years. He’s retiring from a journalism career that began at 20 at a Fort Worth, Texas, radio station and landed him at CBS News in Washington when he walked in on someone else’s interview.
The veteran newsman, who announced his retirement last month, had said only that he would be leaving this summer. But summer’s coming early for Schieffer, who wants to relax for the warm weather months while CBS gives his successor, John Dickerson, the chance to settle in before the presidential campaign begins in earnest, so his last day will be May 31.
A former newspaper reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Bob Schieffer joined CBS News in 1969 and has been the network’s chief Washington correspondent since 1992. He began at the political affairs show “Face the Nation” in 1991, asking direct questions to politicians in a Texas twang.
Today is the exact anniversary, 60 years to the day after the anti-communist crusading Sen. Joseph McCarthy came on the CBS Sunday morning show to talk about Senate efforts to censure him. “We still do exactly what we did on the first broadcast — find the key newsmaker and the biggest news story of the week, sit them down at the table and ask them questions,” host Bob Schieffer says. “I’m very proud of that.”
With the erosion of newspapers, broadcasters have to step up and fill the vital role of watchdog in local communities, says CBS newsmanBob Schieffer, this year’s winner of the NAB Distinguished Service Award.
Leslie Moonves, Al Michaels, Bob Schieffer, Dick Wolf, Ron Howard and the late Philo Farnsworth, who invented electronic television, were honored at ceremonies Monday night in Los Angeles that drew a glittering industry crowd.
The CBS newsman will be presented with the NAB Distinguished Service Award during the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas.
CNN’s Candy Crowley will be the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in two decades when she handles one of three debates between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, while PBS’s Jim Lehrer and CBS’s Bob Schieffer will moderate the other two. All three were named as moderators Monday by the Commission on Presidential Debates.
CBS News has launched Face to Face, a weekly webcast featuring original Face the Nation content, expanding the leading public affairs program’s online footprint. Each week, Face to Face will feature a one-on-one interview between Bob Schieffer and a top newsmaker on the Face the Nation website at www.cbsnews.com. The webcast debuts today as Face […]