Bob Schieffer sets retirement


Veteran CBS News correspondent Bob Schieffer says he’ll retire as host of “Face the Nation” when a new US President is inaugurated in January. Interestingly, he did not announce the retirement plan via CBS, but rather in comments to the Associated Press.

Shieffer, who was interim anchor of the “CBS Evening News” between Dan Rather and Katie Couric, has been the host of “Face the Nation” since 1991. He has covered Washington for more than 30 years for CBS and the network’s bio bills him as “broadcast journalism’s most experienced Washington reporter.” Schieffer, who turns 71 next month, has been with CBS News since 1969, joining the network from an anchor post at WBAP-TV Dallas-Ft. Worth after earlier working as a reporter at the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.

RBR/TVBR observation: Another high-profile passing of the torch. We now wait to see who will get the nod to succeed Schieffer as the Chief Washington Correspondent for CBS News and/or host of “Face the Nation.” Schieffer has seldom missed a broadcast of the Sunday political talk show. Subs have included Scott Pelley and Jim Axelrod.