Bob Schieffer Joins Harvard’s Kennedy School

By Mark Joyella 

Bob Schieffer‘s not headed to the beach. Just two days after signing off from his longtime role as host of CBS’ Face the Nation, the veteran CBS Newser has been named the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow at the Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center at Harvard.

“Bob Schieffer has long been one of America’s most distinguished and respected television news journalists who served as the face of ‘Face the Nation’ for almost 25 years,” said Harvard Kennedy School Dean David T. Ellwood. “We are excited that he will share his time, his energy, and his knowledge with the Shorenstein Center and the HKS community over the coming year.”

Schieffer’s fellowship will focus on the 2016 presidential election and extend over three semesters, beginning in September and ending in December of 2016. He plans to be in residence at HKS at least twice each semester.


Why Harvard? Well, Scheiffer’s got a connection. “Joan Shorenstein, for whom the Shorenstein Center was originally named, worked as a journalist for Bob Schieffer, and Bob was an admiring friend of Walter Shorenstein, Joan’s father, for whom the fellowship is named. What could be more perfect?” said Alex S. Jones, the Shorenstein Center’s director.