Bob Schieffer

CSIS Trustee

Bob Schieffer, who retired on May 31, 2015, was one of broadcast journalism’s most experienced Washington reporters. He was anchor and moderator of Face the Nation, CBS News’ Sunday public affairs broadcast from May 1991 to June 2015. He also served as CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent from 1982 to 2015. Schieffer covered Washington for CBS News for 46 years and is one of the few broadcast or print journalists to have covered all four major beats in the nation’s capital—the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Capitol Hill. Schieffer covered every presidential campaign and was a floor reporter at all the Democratic and Republican National Conventions since 1972. He won many broadcast news awards, including eight Emmys and two Sigma Delta Chi awards. In 2002, the National Press Foundation chose Schieffer as Broadcaster of the Year. That same year, he was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, was chosen as the recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s prestigious Hubert Humphrey First Amendment Award, and was selected as the outstanding journalist of the year by the New York–based Respect for Law Alliance, Inc. The Library of Congress designated him a Living Legend in 2008. He says his greatest honor was when the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Texas Christian University (TCU), named the Bob Schieffer College of Communication for him. In 2003, at age 66, he began anchoring the CBS Evening News as interim anchor, which position he held until 2005. He was a principal anchor for CBS News from 1973, when he was named anchor of the CBS Sunday Night News. In August 1996, Schieffer stepped down as anchor of the Saturday edition of the CBS Evening News, a post he held for 23 years. Schieffer joined CBS News in 1969 and, after a brief stint as a general assignment reporter, was named Pentagon correspondent, a post he held for four years, when he was reassigned to cover the White House. He moderated three presidential debates, in 2004, 2008, and 2012. Before joining CBS, he was a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and, in 1965, became the first reporter from a metropolitan Texas newspaper to report from Vietnam. Schieffer later became news anchor at WBAP-TV Dallas/Fort Worth, a post that eventually led to his joining CBS News. He began his professional career in 1957 while still a student at TCU, where he received a B.A. in journalism and English. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. Schieffer is the author of four books, including This Just In: What I Couldn’t Tell You On TV (Putnam’s, 2003), a memoir and New York Times bestseller.