CBS News political director John Dickerson will be the new anchor of the network’s Sunday public affairs program “Face the Nation.”
Dickerson will replace Bob Schieffer, who is retiring from CBS News this summer after a 46-year career. Schieffer announced the naming of Dickerson as his successor during Sunday’s program.
Dickerson, 46, has been political director since 2011, guiding the network’s coverage of politics. He began working at CBS in 2009 as an on-air analyst.
“I have watched Bob my whole professional life not just as a viewer but as a daily reporter who also covered the Hill,” Dickerson said in a a statement. “I’m honored to carry on his tradition on ‘Face the Nation.’”
Dickerson has been a frequent panelist on “Face the Nation,” appearing on the program 83 times. He has been covering Washington for 20 years, working at Slate and Time magazine.
Dickerson’s name is part of a legacy at CBS News and the Washington press corps. His mother, Nancy, became the first female news correspondent for the network in 1960. She worked on “Face the Nation” as an associate producer when the program first launched in 1954. She was also a White House correspondent for NBC News and a prominent Washington socialite.
SOURCE: STEPHEN BATTAGLIO
The Los Angeles Times