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.