Born on February 25, 1937, Bob Schieffer has given his identity as an American television journalist and has been working with CBS News for more than forty years until he announced his retirement in 2015. He has been serving as an anchor on the Saturday edition of CBS Evening News for more than 20 years. H has also served as chief Washington correspondents from 1982 to 2015 and moderator of the show Face the Nation from 1991 to 2015. He worked as interim weekday anchor of the CBS Evening news and was substituted for Katie Couric and Scott Pelley in between March 2005 and August 2006.
Schieffer grew up in Fort Worth, Texas as a son of late John Emmitt Schieffer and the former Gladys Payne. He graduated from Texas Christian University and after graduating he started to work in U.S. Air Force as a public information officer. He also worked as a reporter for Fort Worth Star- Telegram, where he received first major journalistic recognition. In 1969 he joined CBS 1969 after he left Telegram’s television station, WBAP-TV.
“I had the chance to make every possible mistake and figure out a way to recover from it. Once you realize there is different mistakes, you gain a self-confidence that never goes away.”
Schieffer worked as an anchor in Sunday evening news broadcast in between 1973 and 1997 and also broadcasted Sunday evening news between 1977 and 1996. During his career, he has worked as White house correspondent, Pentagon correspondent and Washington correspondent in addition to his anchor job. After the controversial retirement of Dan Rather, he was named as interim anchor for the weekday CBS Evening News. He broadcasted last CBS Evening News in late January 200 and last CBS Evening News in August 2006. During his speech at Texas Christian University, he announced his retirement on April 9, 2015. He retires from journalism with 52 years of long tenure.
Schieffer has covered all four major Washington national assignments: the white House, United States Department of State, the Pentagon, and the United States Congress. In 2004, he moderated the third presidential debate between Senator John Kerry and President George W. Bush in Tempe, Arizona. He also moderated a third presidential debate between Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama. Similarly, he was also the moderator of the Presidential debate between president Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in Boca Raton, Florida.
ACHIEVEMENTS & PERSONAL LIFE
For his contribution to journalism, he has been awarded Six Emmy Awards and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards. He was inducted into the Broadcasting/Cable Hall of Fame and Broadcaster of the year 2002. Schieffer has also given his identity as an author. He has written three books about his journalism career.
Schieffer is currently married to Patricia Penrose and has two daughters. They got married in 1967. In 2003, he was diagnosed with III bladder cancer but he survived it. He has type 2 diabetes and he is going through insulin therapy. He stands tall with a height of 5’10’’ and he has a net worth of $10 million.