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Who is Bob Schieffer?
Bob Schieffer is an American television journalist. He is known for his moderation of presidential debates, where he has been praised for his capability.
Schieffer is one of the few journalists to have covered all four of the major Washington national assignments: the White House, the Pentagon, United States Department of State, and United States Congress. His career with CBS has almost exclusively dealt with national politics. He has interviewed every United States President since Richard Nixon, as well as most of those who sought office.
Schieffer has been with CBS News since 1969, serving as the anchor on the Saturday edition of CBS Evening News for 20 years, from 1976 to 1996, as well as the Chief Washington Correspondent from 1982 until 2015, and moderator of the Sunday public affairs show, Face the Nation, from 1991 until May 31, 2015. From March 10, 2005, to August 31, 2006, Schieffer was interim weekday anchor of CBS Evening News and was one of the primary substitutes for Katie Couric and Scott Pelley.
Bob Schieffer’s Career
After graduating from TCU, Schieffer served in the United States Air Force for three years as a public information officer stationed at Travis Air Force Base and later McChord Air Force Base. He was honorably discharged and joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as a reporter, with one of his key assignments being a trip to Vietnam to profile soldiers from the Fort Worth area. Schieffer was the first reporter from a Texas newspaper who reported from Vietnam. It was at the Star-Telegram that he received his first major journalistic recognition when John Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
Shortly after President Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas, Schieffer was in the Star-Telegram office and received a telephone call from a woman in search of a ride to Dallas. The woman was Marguerite Oswald, Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother, whom he accompanied to the Dallas police station, where he spent the next several hours. In the company of Oswald’s mother, Marguerite, and his wife, Marina, he was able to use the phone in the police station to call in dispatches from other Star-Telegram reporters in the building. This enabled the Star-Telegram to create four “Extra” editions on the day of the assassination. Schieffer later joined the Star-Telegram’s television station, WBAP-TV in Fort Worth, before taking a job with CBS in 1969.
CBS Broadcasting career
Schieffer was an anchor of the CBS Sunday Night News from 1973 to 1974, the CBS Sunday Evening News in 1976, and the Saturday Evening News broadcast for twenty years from 1976 until 1996. He also anchored the weekday CBS morning show at the time called “Morning”, which was titled in accordance to the day of the week (Monday Morning, Tuesday Morning, etc.) from 1979 to 1980. One of his best-known roles was as moderator of the Sunday public affairs show, Face the Nation, from 1991 until May 31, 2015.
Schieffer was also known for his reporting duties. Between 1970 and 1974, he was assigned to the Pentagon. From 1974 to 1979, he was the White House correspondent for CBS, and in 1982 he became Chief Washington Correspondent, in addition to his anchor duties. In the wake of Dan Rather’s controversial retirement, he was named interim anchor for the weekday CBS Evening News. He assumed that job on March 10, 2005, the day following Rather’s last broadcast.
Under Schieffer, the CBS Evening News gained about 200,000 viewers, to average 7.7 million viewers, reversing some of the declines in ratings that occurred during Rather’s tenure; while NBC Nightly News was down by 700,000 viewers, and ABC’s World News Tonight lost 900,000. Schieffer closed the gap with ABC’s World News Tonight when co-anchor Bob Woodruff was injured in late January 2006. Schieffer made his last CBS Evening News broadcast on August 31, 2006, and was replaced by Katie Couric. On Couric’s second broadcast, he returned to provide segments for the evening news as chief Washington correspondent.
Schieffer was also a substitute anchor for Couric and Scott Pelley when he became the anchor of the evening news in June 2011. On October 13, 2004, Schieffer was the moderator of the third presidential debate between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry in Tempe, Arizona. On October 15, 2008, Schieffer moderated the third presidential debate between Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain at Hofstra University in Hampstead. Schieffer also moderated the third debate of the presidential candidates in 2012, between President Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, on October 22, in Boca Raton, Florida. In 2013, Schieffer won the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Retirement from broadcasting
On April 8, 2015, Schieffer announced his intention to retire as host of Face the Nation while speaking at his alma mater, Texas Christian University. Schieffer departed after working in journalism for 52 years, 46 of those years with CBS. On the April 12 broadcast of the program, he announced that John Dickerson, the current political director for CBS, would succeed him, beginning in June 2015.
As he prepared to retire from Face The Nation, Schieffer reflected on the acclaim that came his way during the latter stages of his career. “The interesting thing about my life — a lot of the recognition I got was after most people retired,” he told The New York Times, going on to add, “I think that people just became familiar with me just because I had been there and others had come and gone.” Schieffer’s final broadcast as moderator of Face the Nation was on May 31, 2015.
Since leaving the anchor desk at CBS Evening News in 2006, Schieffer has entertained his longstanding interest in songwriting by collaborating with musicians in New York and Washington, D.C. His latest efforts have resulted in four songs with the Washington area band, Honky Tonk Confidential, all of which appear on their CD, Road Kill Stew, and Other News (with Special Guest Bob Schieffer). Schieffer sings “TV Anchorman”, and wrote the lyrics for the other songs.
How Old is Bob Schieffer?
Schieffer was born on February 25, 1937, in Austin Texas. He is currently 84 years old.
Bob Schieffer‘s Family
Who are Bob Schieffer’s parents?
Schieffer’s parents are John Emmitt Schieffer and Gladys Payne Schieffer.
Does Bob Schieffer have siblings?
Schieffer is the older brother of Tom Schieffer, a friend, and former business partner of President George W. Bush, who was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Australia from 2001 to 2005 by President Bush and served as U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 2005 through 2009.
Bob Schieffer‘s Education
Schieffer is an alumnus of North Side High School and received a B.A. in journalism and English in 1959 from Texas Christian University (TCU). In university, he was a member of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. The College of Communication at TCU was renamed in Bob Schieffer’s honor in 2013.
Bob Schieffer‘s wife
Schieffer married Patricia Penrose in 1967.
Bob Schieffer‘s Children – Kids
Schieffer has two daughters and three granddaughters.
Bob Schieffer’s Net Worth
Schieffer has an estimated net worth of $10 million.
Schieffer stands at 5 ft 8 in tall.