The National Association of Broadcasters announced this week that Fort Worth's Bob Schieffer, host of CBS' Face the Nation, will receive the NAB Distinguished Service Award during the 2013 NAB Show on April 8 in Las Vegas. Schieffer will accept the award at the opening keynote session.
"For more than 50 years, Bob Schieffer has been an eyewitness to history's biggest stories and respected as a preeminent journalist of his generation," NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith said in a news release. "In recognition of his dedication and profound impact on journalism, we are proud to present him with the Distinguished Service Award.
The annual award recognizes members of the broadcast community who have made significant and lasting contributions to broadcasting. Previous award recipients include Michael J. Fox, Mary Tyler Moore, President Ronald Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite, Oprah Winfrey and Charles Osgood, among others.
Some facts cobbled together from the NAB realease, Schieffer's CBS bio and Star-Telegram archives:
2013 marks Schieffers 56th year as a reporter and his 44th year at CBS News. Before joining CBS News, he was a reporter for Fort Worth's KXOL/1360 AM, and later for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
In 1965, he became the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to report from Vietnam. Schieffer later became news anchor at WBAP-TV, a post that eventually led to his joining CBS News. He is one of the few broadcast or print journalists to have covered all four major beats in the nation's capital the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and Capitol Hill. Schieffer has also moderated three presidential debates.
Schieffer has served as the moderator ofFace the Nation since 1991. He anchored the CBS Evening News from March 2005 to August 2006. He is also CBS News chief Washington correspondent, a post he has held since 1982.