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.