Bob Schieffer, a longtime CBS anchor, recently announced that he will be retiring this summer.
CNN Money reports that Schieffer made the big announcement during a symposium on Wednesday which was held at Texas Christian University (TCU).
— Mashable (@mashable) April 9, 2015
According to CBS, Texas Christian University holds a special place in Bob Schieffer’s heart. It was where he was able to start his professional career, which is why the 78-year-old anchor decided to use the institution as the venue for his announcement.
“Because that was where it all started for me, I wanted this to be the place, and I wanted you all to be the first to know that this summer I’m going to retire.”
Schieffer went on to explain the overall professional experience that he has been able to enjoy over the years — a journey that he wanted to take since he was a child.
“It’s been a great adventure. You know, I’m one of the luckiest people in the world because as a little boy, as a young reporter, I always wanted to be a journalist, and I got to do that. And not many people get to do that, and I couldn’t have asked for a better life or something that was more fun and more fulfilling.”
Bob Schieffer also posted a tweet about his upcoming retirement on his official Twitter page Wednesday.
CBS News President David Rhodes had a lot of great things to say about Bob Schieffer in a statement of his own.
“He’s been an inspiration and a mentor to so many colleagues– and frankly, to me. You could see at TCU tonight how that inspiration extends to a wider community of reporters and editors and academics.”
Rhodes is not the only person that has spoken highly of Bob Schieffer since the news of his upcoming retirement was first announced. Quite a few people have shown their respect and expressed their gratitude for his many years of service on Twitter.
— Scott Keenan (@cbskeenan) April 9, 2015
Thank you so much @bobschieffer for being such an amazing representation for Journalism with a capital J.
— Tori Whitley (@victoriahart2) April 9, 2015
Bob Schieffer has worked for CBS News since 1969. He has served as the moderator for Face the Nation, the popular Sunday morning public affairs talk show, for 24 years.
Over the years, Schieffer has been able to build an impressive collection of awards, accolades and accomplishments.
Along with receiving numerous awards — including eight Emmys — Bob Schieffer can also be proud of the fact that he’s interviewed every U.S. President since Richard Nixon.
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