Bob Schieffer will retire Sunday from his post as anchor on CBS News’ Face the Nation, a position he has held for 24 years.
In a tweet Friday night, Schieffer addressed his approaching retirement: “I’m a lucky guy. Started reporting when I was 20 & Sunday is my last day as @FacetheNation host. We’ll do what we always do, report the news.”
Schieffer announced the news of his retirement in a speech at his alma mater, TCU in Ft. Worth, Texas, on April 8: “You know, I’m one of the luckiest people in the world because as a little boy, as a young reporter, I always wanted to be a journalist, and I got to do that,” he said during his speech. “And not many people get to do that, and I couldn’t have asked for a better life or something that was more fun and more fulfilling.”
Over his 24 years as host of Face the Nation, Schieffer has covered each of Washington, D.C.’s four major news beats: the White House, the Pentagon, the Department of State and the Congress. He has interviewed every American president since Richard Nixon and moderated three presidential debates (2004, 2008 and 2012).
On his final broadcast as Face the Nation moderator, Schieffer will interview former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on May 31 at 8 a.m. on CBS.