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CBS News' Schieffer to speak at Wake Forest

October 2, 2007

Bob Schieffer, broadcast journalism’s longest-serving Washington reporter, and moderator of CBS News’ “Face the Nation” will speak at Wake Forest University at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in Wait Chapel.

The event is part of the university’s 2007-2008 Voices of Our Time speaker series and is free and open to the public.  Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 

With a career spanning nearly 50 years, Schieffer will speak about his experiences and the changes in the field of journalism in a lecture titled “50 Years in the News.” He will also participate in a public question-and-answer session following the lecture.

Schieffer began his career as a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  In 1965, he became the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to report from Vietnam.  He later became news anchor at WBAP-TV Dallas/Fort Worth, a post that eventually led to his joining CBS News in 1969.

At CBS News, he worked as a general assignment reporter and was then named Pentagon correspondent.  In 1982, he became CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent, a post he has held for more than 30 years.

Schieffer 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.  He has also covered every presidential campaign and been a floor reporter at all of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions since 1972.

Schieffer has been a principal anchor for CBS News since 1973, when he was named anchor of the “CBS Sunday Night News.”  In August 1996, Schieffer stepped down as anchor of the Saturday edition of the “CBS Evening News,” a post he held for 20 years.   Since 1991, he has served as the moderator of “Face the Nation.”  He also anchored the CBS Evening News from March 10, 2005 to August 31, 2006. 

Schieffer is a member of the Broadcasting/Cable Hall of Fame and the recipient of the 2003 Paul White Award presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association, which recognizes an individual’s lifetime contribution to electronic journalism.

He has won six Emmy Awards and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards.  In 2002, the National Press Foundation chose Schieffer as Broadcaster of the Year.  In 2005, his alma mater, Texas Christian University, created the Schieffer School of Journalism in his honor. 

Schieffer is the author of three books: “Face The Nation,” published on the 50th anniversary of the CBS program, the 2003 New York Times bestseller, “This Just In, What I Couldn’t Tell You On TV,” and the best-selling “Acting President,” published in 1989.

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Voices of Our Time is an annual guest speaker series that exposes students, the Wake Forest community and the general public to some of the world’s leading thinkers for discussions on the important national and international issues of our time.  It was established in 2006 by Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch.

MEDIA NOTE:  Media are invited to attend. Media seating will be in the front row on the right side of the chapel.  Recording will be permitted.  A limited number of direct feeds will be available.  Flash photography will not be permitted.  To arrange coverage or reserve media seating, contact the News Service at (336) 758-5237.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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