60 Years of ‘Face the Nation’

Bob Schieffer

Bob Schieffer of CBS News during a special program at the Newseum on Nov. 20, 2013. Schieffer shared his memories of the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

A bipartisan list of politicians, media stars and special guests gathered at the Newseum Nov. 17 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of CBS News’s long-running Sunday news program, “Face the Nation.”

The star of the party — which included notables such as Vice President Joe Biden and CBS chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves — was Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News and moderator of “Face the Nation” for the last 23 years.

Schieffer, 77, has been a frequent guest of members-only events at the Newseum. His most recent appearance was in 2013 for a special program marking the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

When top-rated “Face the Nation” was launched Nov. 7, 1954, the U.S. Senate was preparing for a special session to discuss whether Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.) should be censured. McCarthy was the first guest on the inaugural broadcast. Ted Koop, Washington news director for CBS, was the program’s first host. McCarthy was censured a month later.

Schieffer is the ninth moderator of “Face the Nation,” a list that also includes “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl. Since its debut, Stahl has been the only woman to host the program, from 1983 to 1991.

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  1. Hi there,
    I am Jamie Semler, daughter of Michael J. Marlow – He was the 2nd Executive Producer of Face the Nation. I just want to let you know that my father passed away on May 28, 2016. Dad worked for CBS from 1954-1963. He produced Face the Nation from 1959-1961. I just wanted to let you know … for the history of Face the Nation. Thank you so much!

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