CBS host Bob Schieffer announced his retirement celebrating the 60th anniversary of the show ‘Face the Nation’.
Returning to your alma mater to an institute which has your name on it, Bob Schieffer attended the annual Schieffer Symposium at Texas Christian University where he stood up to announce that he was retiring this summer. He said that it felt the most suitable to announce his retirement at the place where it had all started for him.
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Bob, who is currently 78, will be retiring from his 46 years service with CBS out of which he had spent 24 hosting the show ‘Face the Nation’. Bob took the time to recount his ambition to become a journalist who was a reporter since he was a young kid. He said that his life has been a great, fulfilling adventure that he was fortunate to have experienced all he had. He said that he got his wish in a grand way and he wouldn’t ask for anything better.
He remembered his days from when he had started in KXOL. His work schedules, his work at the Air Force and his return. He told that Georginna Carter, Amos Carter Jr.’s wife had found him his own when he had gone to Vietnam. He thanked Star Telegram for making him a journalist and the people involved; Phil Record and Jack Butler.
He then came to thank for his time at CBS, all the people that he had worked with including Bill Small; who had hired him, Richard S. Salant, whom he called the epitome of excellence that CBS stood for and David Rhodes, his current boss and CEO of CBS who was 20 years younger than Bob and reportedly was the only second grader to carry a briefcase to school.
He said that CBS was now at a height that they had all worked for and he was glad that he was leaving it on such a great time. His own show, ‘Face the Nation’ couldn’t be at a better place than it is right now. He contributed all the success to teamwork and hard effort with a special shout out to his colleague Mary Hager.
He also joked then about having his name on the institute that he had himself barely passed from. He said that they would have to work harder to make it a better institute in time. He said that if he died tomorrow he would have gotten his money worth of living a perfect life with the best wife ever.
It was a remarkable address at the end of which he advised the attending students to chase what they loved to do and success will come their way. It was inspiring to listen to him because he told the story of his most remarkable life that really is the highlight of his modest and great personality.
Schieffer was named a living legend by the Library of Congress in 2008. In 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame along with CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, actor Ron Howard, sportscaster Al Michaels and writer/producer Dick Wolf. Bob has won every journalism award including eight Emmys, the overseas Press Club Award, the Paul White Award presented by the TV News Directors Association, the Edward R.
Murrow Award given by Murrow's alma mater Washington State University. He has interviewed every President and hopeful for the office since President Richard Nixon. He has interviewed President Obama thrice and he has been the moderator for the Presidential Commission on Debates in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
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So the journalism world would be loosing a great milestone but luckily, Schieffer would be involved in shaping the future of journalism and guide the future journalists.