Bob Schieffer is broadcast journalism’s most experienced Washington reporter. He is the network’s chief Washington correspondent and also serves as anchor and moderator of “Face The Nation”, CBS News’ Sunday public affairs broadcast.
Schieffer served as interim anchor of “The CBS Evening News” from March 10, 2005, until Aug. 31, 2006. He is a regular contributor to “The CBS Evening News.”
Schieffer has covered Washington for CBS News for more than 30 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. He has been Chief Washington correspondent since 1982 and congressional correspondent since 1989 and has covered every presidential campaign and been a floor reporter at all of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions since 1972. He began anchoring “Face The Nation” in May 1991.
Schieffer is a member of the Broadcasting/Cable Hall of Fame and is the recipient of the 2003 Paul White Award, presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association. The award recognizes an individual’s lifetime contribution to electronic journalism. Past CBS recipients include Edward R. Murrow (’64); Morley Safer (’66); Walter Cronkite (’70, ’81); Don Hewitt (’87); Mike Wallace (’91); Charles Kuralt (’94); Dan Rather (’97); Ed Bradley (2000); Charles Osgood (2005) and Steve Kroft (2010).
He has won many other broadcast journalism awards, including seven Emmy Awards, one of which was for Lifetime Achievement, and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards. In 2002, he was chosen as Broadcaster of the Year by the National Press Foundation. Schieffer was also the 2004 recipient of the International Radio and Television Society Foundation Award and the American News Women’s Club Helen Thomas Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 2005, his alma mater, Texas Christian University, created the Schieffer School of Journalism in his honor. In 2008, Schieffer won the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment award from the Radio Television News Directors Association and was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress.
Schieffer has been a principal anchor for CBS News since 1973, when he was named anchor of the “CBS Sunday Night News.” In August 1996, he stepped down as anchor of the Saturday edition of the “CBS Evening News”, a post he held for 20 years. He and his colleague, Dan Rather, stand as the only two 20-year anchors of a regularly scheduled network news broadcast.
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.
Before joining CBS News, he was a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and, in 1965, became the first reporter from a 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 is the author of “Bob Schieffer’s America,” “Face The Nation: My Favorite Stories from the First 50 Years of the Award-winning News Broadcast,” as well as the 2003 New York Times bestseller, “This Just In: What I Couldn’t Tell You On TV” and “The Acting President,” published in 1989.
Schieffer was born in Austin, Texas. He and his wife reside in Washington, D.C.