Bob Schieffer, Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow; former reporter and anchor for CBS News; former moderator of “Face the Nation”

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Bob Schieffer has been a reporter for more than half a century and a part of CBS News for 46 years. He is one of the few reporters on Capitol Hill to have covered all four of the major beats: The Pentagon, the U.S. State Department, the Congress, and the White House. He has interviewed every president since Richard Nixon and nearly every candidate who has sought the Oval Office. Schieffer has also moderated three debates for the Presidential Commission on Debates in 2004, 2008, and 2012. He anchored the Saturday edition of the “CBS Evening News” for 23 years, became the network’s chief Washington D.C. correspondent in 1982, and was named the anchor and moderator of “Face the Nation” in 1991. In March 2005 Schieffer served as interim anchor of “The CBS Evening News” until August 2006.

Schieffer has won virtually every award in broadcast journalism, including: eight Emmys, the Overseas Press Club Award, the Paul White Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence. He was inducted into the National Academy of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame and was named a living legend by the Library of Congress.

Schieffer was born in Austin, Texas and grew up in Fort Worth where he graduated from Texas Christian University. He served three years in the U.S. Air Force. Prior to joining CBS in 1969 he was a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram where he was the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to report from Vietnam.