'Nation' host to leave after next inauguration

CBS News has acknowledged a published report that Bob Schieffer, its veteran correspondent, will retire as host of “Face the Nation” early next year, following the inauguration of a new president.

Sean McManus, president of CBS News, said he and Schieffer, 71, had worked out the retirement plan last year but also said, “Bob can come in and work for as long as he likes” after his retirement becomes official.

With no heir apparent, the search for a fresh anchor on “Face the Nation” will be exhaustive.

Schieffer rose to his peak at CBS three years ago when the network chose him to succeed Dan Rather as sole anchor of “CBS Evening News.” Schieffer occupied the anchor chair from March 2005 through August 2006, when his high-visibility replacement, Katie Couric, took over the job.

Joining CBS News in 1969, Schieffer ended up covering the four major Washington, D.C., beats as correspondent: the White House, the Pentagon, the State Dept. and Capitol Hill. He added the role of “Face the Nation” moderator in May 1991.

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