Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism
Bob Schieffer 2001
CBS NewsBob Schieffer, broadcast journalism's most experienced Washington reporter, has been anchor and moderator of Face the Nation, the CBS News Sunday public affairs broadcast, since May 1991. He also is CBS News' chief Washington correspondent.
Schieffer has covered Washington for CBS News for 31 years and is one of the few broadcast or print correspondents to have covered all four major beats in the nation's capital - the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Capitol Hill. He has been chief Washington correspondent since 1982 and congressional correspondent since 1989. Schieffer has covered every presidential campaign and has been a floor reporter at every Democratic and Republican National Convention since 1972.
Schieffer has won many broadcast news awards, including five Emmys and two Sigma Delta Chi awards. He has been a principal anchor for CBS News since 1973, when he was named anchor of the CBS Sunday Night News. In August 1996, Schieffer stepped down as anchor of the Saturday edition of the CBS Evening News, a post he had held for 20 years, the longest tenure for an anchor of a regularly-scheduled network news broadcast.
Before joining CBS News in 1969, he was a reporter at The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and, in 1965, became the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to report from Vietnam. Schieffer later became news anchor at BAP-TV Dallas/Fort Worth, a post that eventually led to his joining CBS News.
Schieffer began his professional career in 1957, while still a student at Texas Christian University. He received a BA in journalism and English there in 1959. He is an Air Force veteran. Schieffer co-wrote Acting President, a book about Ronald Reagan, published in 1989.