Bob Schieffer, broadcast journalism’s most experienced Washington reporter, has been anchor and moderator of Face The Nation, CBS News Sunday public affairs broadcast, since May 1991. Bob also serves as CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent.
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.
Bob 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 and 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) and Ed Bradley (2000).
He has won many other broadcast journalism awards, including six Emmy Awards and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards. Schieffer is 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 2002, Bob Schieffer was chosen as Broadcaster of the Year by the National Press Foundation.
In August 1996, Schieffer stepped down as anchor of the Saturday edition of the CBS Evening News, a post he held for 20 years. Bob and his colleague, Dan Rather, now stand as the only two 20 year anchors of a regularly scheduled network news broadcast.
Scieffer has been a principal anchor for CBS News since 1973, when he was named anchor of the CBS Sunday Night News. He 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.
Bob Schieffer is the author of the 2003 The New York Times bestseller, This Just In, and well as What I Couldn’t Tell You On TV and Acting President.
Schieffer was born in Austin, Texas. He and his wife reside in Washington, D.C. They have two daughters and twin granddaughters.