Bob Schieffer, anchor of CBS News’ “Face the Nation” and a familiar face to millions of Americans through nearly half a century as a journalist with the television network, said Wednesday he will retire this summer.
Schieffer, 78, who has interviewed every president since Richard Nixon, is in his 24th year of anchoring the network’s Sunday morning news program. “Face the Nation” celebrated its 60th anniversary last year.
He announced the decision at the annual Schieffer Symposium at Texas Christian University, his alma mater.
“It’s been a great adventure,” he said. “You know, I’m one of the luckiest people in the world because as a little boy, as a young reporter, I always wanted to be a journalist, and I got to do that. And not many people get to do that, and I couldn’t have asked for a better life or something that was more fun and more fulfilling.”
Schieffer tweeted after the announcement: ”Great talking journalism at @TCU tonight. Also really happy to be in my hometown, where it all started, to announce my retirement.”
Schieffer has interviewed President Obama three times for “Face the Nation,” most recently last November.
He was moderator of three presidential debates, in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
CBS News President David Rhodes called Schieffer “an inspiration and a mentor to so many colleagues– and frankly, to me.”
Schieffer joined CBS in 1969 from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he was a reporter.
Texas Christian University named its journalism school in his honor in 2005, and in 2013 named the college in which the journalism school is located, the Bob Schieffer College of Communication.
Schieffer covered all of the major journalism beats in Washington over his career: Pentagon, White House, Congress and State Department. He became the network’s chief Washington correspondent in 1982 and was named the anchor and moderator of “Face the Nation”, CBS News’ Sunday public affairs broadcast, in 1991.
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SOURCE: USA Today
William M. Welch