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.


One thought on “60 Years of ‘Face the Nation’

  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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