"The core values of journalism ought to be the same no matter what the medium is. And that's the integrity of the reporter and his courage to go to where the story is and tell it in a way that viewers or listeners can understand."
About This Interview
In his two-hour Archive interview, Bob Schieffer speaks about his early years growing up during World War II. He talks about his decision in junior high school to pursue a career in journalism after seeing his byline in the school newspaper. He outlines his earliest jobs as a reporter, including his work at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he interviewed Lee Harvey Oswald's mother after Kennedy's assassination and where he became the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to cover the Vietnam War (in 1965). He talks about how his views of the war changed completely after seeing it firsthand, from being a "hawk" to realizing that the war could not be won. He describes his coverage of the war as the turning point in his career: he became a local celebrity as a result and became the news anchor at the local station WBAP, where he began his television career. He talks about his transition to Washington, at first at a local station, and then at CBS. He recalls how he appeared, unannounced, to see CBS bureau chief Bill Small for a job and was hired as a general assignment reporter and then a correspondent. He describes covering demonstrations during the Vietnam War and later covering the Pentagon (including reporting on the follow-up to the landmark CBS Reports program "The Selling of the Pentagon"). He talks about serving as anchor for the CBS Saturday Evening News (regularly commuting to New York,) while still performing his duties as a White House correspondent. He speaks about the U.S. Presidents from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush and gives his impressions of each and for some, their relationship to the press. He speaks in great detail about the news program for which he is most associated, Face the Nation. He gives a brief history of the series that was launched in 1954 and describes how the show is currently produced. He speaks about covering 9/11 and its effect on him. Lastly, he discusses being the anchor of the CBS Evening News from 2005-06. Karen Herman conducted the interview in Washington, D.C. on May 14, 2007.