Bob Schieffer Biography
Bob Schieffer is an American eight-time Emmy award-winning contributor, reporter, moderator, correspondent, and news anchor working for CBS News. He joined the network in 1969 as an anchor for the Saturday edition of CBS Evening News.
Bob Schieffer Education
He attended North Side High School where he earned his Diploma in General Education. From there, he had to further his education. He joined Texas Christian University (TCU) to pursue his career course. After completing his studies there, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and English in 1959.
During his time there, he was a member of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. In 2013, the College of Communication at TCU was renamed in Bob Schieffer’s honor, in which the journalism school is located, the Bob Schieffer College of Communication.
Bob Schieffer Career
Schieffer is a contributor, reporter, moderator, correspondent, and news anchor at CBS News. He worked for CBS News as a reporter for over half a century before retiring in 2015 marking his 46th year at CBS News and his 24th anchoring “Face the Nation.” In 2016, it was announced that Schieffer will serve as a political contributor through the 2017 Inauguration. Prior to joining the CBS News team, he worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as a reporter. During that time, he was the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to report from Vietnam.
In addition to that, he is one of the few reporters in Washington to have covered all four of the major beats: the State Department, the White House, the Pentagon, and Congress. In 1982, he became the network’s chief Washington correspondent. Moreover, he became the moderator and anchor of “Face the Nation”, a CBS News Sunday public affairs broadcast in 1991. For 23 years, he anchored the Saturday edition of the “CBS Evening News.”
From March 2005 to August 2006, he served as interim anchor of “The CBS Evening News” following the departure of Dan Rather, a period that saw a substantial increase in ratings. In addition to that, he has interviewed every president since Richard Nixon and most of those who sought office. He also moderated three debates for the Presidential Commission on Debates in 2004, 2008, and 2012. Currently, he is serving as the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center. Furthermore, Schieffer served three years in the U.S. Air Force.
Bob Schieffer Age
Schieffer is 85 years old as of 2022. He was born (Bob Lloyd Schieffer) on February 25, 1937, in Austin, Texas, United States. Schieffer celebrates his birthday on the 25th of February every year.
Bob Schieffer Height
Schieffer stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 8 inches.
Bob Schieffer Family
Schieffer was born in Austin, Texas, to John Emmitt Schieffer and Gladys Payne Schieffer, and grew up in Fort Worth. He was brought up along with his brother Tom Schieffer and sister Sharon Mayes. His brother Tom, is a former business partner of President George W. Bush, who was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Australia from 2001 to 2005 by President Bush. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 2005 through 2009. On March 2, 2009, Tom announced he was forming an exploratory committee that will allow him to seek the Democratic nomination for Governor of Texas.
His sister Sharon on the other side is a retired teacher and school administrator who taught science for 17 years before becoming the Vice Principal of Dunbar High School in Fort Worth, Texas. She finally became the high school principal at Keller High School at a time when only 2 percent of the principals in the largest high schools in Texas were women.
Bob Schieffer Wife
Schieffer is married to his better half Patricia Penrose. The two tied the knot in 1967. Together they have two daughters and three granddaughters. The family resides in Washington, D.C.
Bob Schieffer Net Worth
Schieffer has an estimated net worth ranging between $1 Million – $5 Million which he has earned from his successful career as a contributor, reporter, moderator, correspondent, and news anchor.
Bob Schieffer Salary
Schieffer earns an annual salary ranging between $40,000 – $ 110,500.
He has won several awards in broadcast journalism including the Overseas Press Club Award and eight Emmys. The TV News Directors Association awarded him the Paul White Award and Murrow’s alma mater Washington State University awarded him the Edward R. Murrow Award. In 2008, he was named a living legend by the Library of Congress. He was also inducted into the National Academy of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 2013 along with writer/producer Dick Wolf, sportscaster Al Michaels, actor Ron Howard, and CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves.
In 2015, “Face the Nation” was the highest-rated Sunday talk show for the fourth consecutive year. Later in 2014, the broadcast won an Emmy for its show covering the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination in 2013. He also won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Writing from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) in the Network Radio and Television category for a CBS Radio News commentary about “the ghost of Congress future.” Furthermore, the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University awarded him the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence.
Apart from his journalism career, he is also an author. He is the author of four books including The New York Times bestsellers; “This Just In”: What I Couldn’t Tell You on TV (2003), “Bob Schieffer’s America”(2008), “Face the Nation: My Favorite Stories from the First 50 Years of the Award-winning News Broadcast”(2004), and Good Show, President Reagan: “The Acting President” (1989) with Gary Paul Gates.
Bob Schieffer Grade III Bladder Cancer
He shared his personal story of survival with Dr. Jon LaPook. Schieffer was diagnosed with bladder cancer after noticing blood in his urine. “One day I went to the gym and after working out, I looked and discovered blood in my urine. I didn’t know what this meant but I didn’t think too much about it. I thought, ‘well I probably strained myself,'” Schieffer said. Fortunately, the cancer was found early, and doctors were able to remove it while leaving his bladder intact.
Bob Schieffer CBS News
Schieffer works at CBS News where he works alongside other famous CBS News anchors, reporters, meteorologists, and sports anchors including;
- John Dickerson
- Seth Doane
- Tony Dokoupil
- Jericka Duncan
- Vladimir Duthiers
- Carter Evans
- Pamela Falk
- Major Garrett
- Jeff Glor
- Catherine Herridge
- Caitlin Huey-Burns
- Ramy Inocencio
- Dana Jacobson
- Gayle King
- Ian Lee
- Lilia Luciano
- Michelle Miller
- Erin Moriarty
- Ed O’Keefe
- Meg Oliver