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CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer announced Wednesday in a speech at his alma mater, TCU in Ft. Worth, Texas, that he is retiring from CBS News. He will step down this summer.
“Speaking at the annual Schieffer Symposium,” said David Rhodes, president of CBS News, “with colleagues Gayle King, Holly Williams and a large audience of students and friends from his home community, Bob said he wanted to end it where it began.”
“It’s been a great adventure,” Schieffer said in his remarks at TCU. “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. 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.”
In 2005, TCU named its journalism school for Schieffer.
Schieffer has been the host of Face The Nation for 23 years and is one of the very few television journalists who has covered the four major news beats in Washington D.C. — the White House, the Pentagon, the Department of State and the Congress.
He also has been the face of CBS News at critical times. He was the anchor of the Saturday edition of CBS Evening News (1973-1996) for 23 years and the Sunday edition for 24 years (1973-1996).
In 2005, when Dan Rather resigned amid a controversy that cast a shadow over the entire news division, he took over anchoring the broadcast and actually improved the ratings. That reversed a decline during the final years of Rather’s long tenure.
He left the anchor chair in Aug. 2006 when he was replaced by Katie Couric. He also provided commentary during Couric’s tenure as the chief Washington correspondent, which provided an important sense of substance to the program.
Since 2011, Schieffer has been a primary substitute anchor for Scott Pelley.
Bob Lloyd Schieffer was born in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 25, 1937, served three years in the Air Force and began his professional career as a reporter for the Ft. Worth Star Telegram. He was the first reporter for a Texas newspaper to cover the war in Vietnam.
Schieffer has interviewed every American president since Richard Nixon. He interviewed President Obama last November. He has moderated three presidential debates — in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
Schieffer has won numerous awards, including eight Emmys, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Overseas Press Club Award, and the Paul White Award from the TV News Directors Association, and was named a living legend by the Libary of Congress. In 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.
He has written four books, including the New York Times best-sellers This Just In and Bob Schieffer’s America.
In his speech at TCU, Schieffer said he had decided to retire while CBS is a top-flight news organization: “We, like any large organization, have had our ups and downs; we’re on a high right now.”
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