One of America’s best-known Washington reporters, the legendary CBS newsman has interviewed every president since Richard Nixon. He was a correspondent at CBS News for 46 years, including the longtime host of Face the Nation and the anchor for the CBS Evening News. Now, he is the namesake to the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Schieffer will discuss his 50-year career in journalism and offer advice to the next generation of reporters. After his speech, Schieffer will sign copies of his new book, Overload: Finding the Truth in Today’s Deluge of News.
If Bob Schieffer were a race horse, the handicappers might characterize him as having “late foot.”
After his 65 birthday, the traditional age for retirement, he was just hitting his stride.
Since that birthday, he served for nearly two years as anchor of the CBS Evening News, a period that saw the largest ratings increase in over a decade, wrote three books including the New York Times Best seller “This Just In,” was designated a “living legend” by the Library of Congress, was inducted into the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences Hall of Face, won two Emmys (one for life time achievement), took Face the Nation to number one in the ratings and moderated three presidential debates.
Though retired since May, 2015 as moderator of Face the Nation, he is still working, offering political analysis for CBS News broadcasts.
His fifth book, “Overload: Finding Truth in the Deluge of News,” will be published in October by Rowman-Littlefield. He also conducts a weekly podcast called “About the News” as part of a joint project with the Washington think tank CSIS and his alma mater Texas Christian University.
Schieffer has won virtually every award in broadcast journalism including eight Emmys. He says his most meaningful recognition came when TCU designated its communication college the “Bob Schieffer College of Communication.”
Schieffer has been awarded 14 honorary degrees. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University and was awarded a fellowship at Harvard’s Kennedy School in 2015.
He marked his 80th birthday February 25, 2017 and looks forward to his next one.