At a time when most people are at least a decade into retirement, Bob Schieffer is just getting started.
In 2013, “Face the Nation” was the highest rated Sunday talk show for the second consecutive year and the broadcast attracted 4.57 million viewers for its show covering the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, the highest ratings since 9/11.
But that’s not all. In 2013 Schieffer:
Received the National Association of Broadcasters highest award.
Was inducted into the National Academy of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame along with CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, actor Ron Howard, sportscaster Al Michaels and writer/producer Dick Wolf.
Received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence the highest award given by the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.
Along with Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Saxby Chambliss (D-GA), he received the Panetta Institute’s prestigious Jefferson-Lincoln Award for public service.
Schieffer, 76, has been a reporter for more than half a century and 2014 marks his 45thyear at CBS News. Prior to joining CBS in 1969 he was a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram where he was the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to report from Vietnam.
Schieffer has won virtually every award in broadcast journalism including 7 Emmys, the overseas Press Club Award, the Paul White Award presented by the TV News Directors Association, the Edward R. Murrow Award given by Murrow’s alma mater Washington State University and in 2008 he was named a living legend by the Library of Congress.
In 2005, his alma mater Texas Christian University named its journalism school in his honor and in 2013 named the College, in which the journalism school is located, the Bob Schieffer College of Communication. Schieffer is one of the few reporters in Washington to have covered all four of the major beats: the Pentagon, the White House, Congress and the 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.
Schieffer anchored the Saturday edition of the "CBS Evening News" for 23 years.In March 2005, with the departure of Dan Rather, Schieffer served as interim anchor of "The CBS Evening News,” until August 2006 – a period that saw a substantial increase in ratings.
He has interviewed every president since Richard Nixon as well as most of those who sought the office.
He is the author of four books: The New York Times bestsellers “This Just in,” and "Bob Schieffer's America," as well as "Face The Nation: My Favorite Stories from the First 50 Years of the Award-winning News Broadcast" and "The Acting President.”
Schieffer was born in Austin, Texas and grew up in Fort Worth where he graduated from North Side High School and Texas Christian University. He served three years in the US Air Force. He and his wife, the former Patricia Penrose, reside in Washington, D.C. They have two daughters and three granddaughters.