Veteran CBS journalist Bob Schieffer announced Wednesday he will retire this summer.
Schieffer, 78, has spent 46 years with CBS, and has anchored Face the Nation for 24. He shared the news at the annual Schieffer Symposium at his alma mater, Texas Christian University. "It's been a great adventure," he said. "You know, I'm one of the luckiest people in the world because as a little boy, as a young reporter, I always wanted to be a journalist, and I got to do that. ... I couldn't have asked for a better life or something that was more fun and more fulfilling."
The native Texan has interviewed every president since Richard Nixon, CBS News reports, moderated three presidential debates, and received eight Emmys, the overseas Press Club Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and several other accolades. During his announcement, Schieffer also thanked colleagues from his time in newspapers to today, saying, "I've never believed much in the self-made man theory; I think we all need a little help and I had a lot of help along the way."