Bob Schieffer

News Anchor/ Correspondent


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In his two-hour Archive interview, Bob Schieffer speaks about his early years growing up during World War II. He talks about his decision in junior high school to pursue a career in journalism after seeing his byline in the school newspaper. He outlines his earliest jobs as a reporter, including his work at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he interviewed Lee Harvey Oswald's mother after Kennedy's assassination and where he became the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to cover the Vietnam War (in 1965). He talks about how his views of the war changed completely after seeing it firsthand, from being a "hawk" to realizing that the war could not be won. He describes his coverage of the war as the turning point in his career: he became a local celebrity as a result and became the news anchor at the local station WBAP, where he began his television career.  He talks about his transition to Washington, at first at a local station, and then at CBS. He recalls how he appeared, unannounced, to see CBS bureau chief Bill Small for a job and was hired as a general assignment reporter and then a correspondent. He describes covering demonstrations during the Vietnam War and later covering the Pentagon (including reporting on the follow-up to the landmark CBS Reports program "The Selling of the Pentagon"). He talks about serving as anchor for the CBS Saturday Evening News (regularly commuting to New York,) while still performing his duties as a White House correspondent. He speaks about the U.S. Presidents from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush and gives his impressions of each and for some, their relationship to the press. He speaks in great detail about the news program for which he is most associated, Face the Nation. He gives a brief history of the series that was launched in 1954 and describes how the show is currently produced. He speaks about covering 9/11 and its effect on him. Lastly, he discusses being the anchor of the CBS Evening News from 2005-06. Karen Herman conducted the interview in Washington, D.C. on May 14, 2007.

"The core values of journalism ought to be the same no matter what the medium is. And that's the integrity of the reporter and his courage to go to where the story is and tell it in a way that viewers or listeners can understand."

Highlights
Bob Schieffer on covering the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (and interviewing Lee Harvey Oswald's mother) while working at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
08:04
Bob Schieffer on covering 9/11
04:44
Bob Schieffer on moderating Face the Nation;  on covering 9/11
15:05
On anchoring CBS Evening News
Bob Schieffer on the lessons learned in Vietnam for the United States in terms of its role in foreign relations
01:27
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years and family life
On his early interest in journalism and his early work as a newspaper reporter
On covering the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (and interviewing Lee Harvey Oswald's mother) while working at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
On his first television work

Chapter 2

On moving to Washington, D.C. and joining CBS News; on covering the Pentagon, the Vietnam War, and the White House

Chapter 3

On covering the White House for CBS News; on being a journalist
On Face the Nation;  on covering 9/11

Chapter 4

On anchoring CBS Evening News; on Katie Couric taking over CBS Evening News; on his views on television journalism; on his family
Shows

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On anchoring CBS Evening News

Face the Nation

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Bob Schieffer on moderating Face the Nation;  on covering 9/11
15:05
Topics

9/11

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Bob Schieffer on covering 9/11
04:44

Historic Events and Social Change

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Bob Schieffer on covering 9/11
04:44

JFK Assassination and Funeral

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Bob Schieffer on covering the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (and interviewing Lee Harvey Oswald's mother) while working at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
08:04
Professions

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Bob Schieffer on covering 9/11
04:44

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