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‘Kissing the Ring’ – Face The Nation’s 60th Anniversary Celebration

105748_0258Bigwig politicians, reporters and DC socialites, all showed up Monday night to the Newsuem in downtown Washington to honor Bob Schieffer and 60 years of exceptional journalism by Face The Nation. In something rarely seen in Washington, the evening began with a moment of agreement and lightheartedness between partisans.

“I’ve had 101 appearances on ‘Face the Nation,’ which exactly matches my age,” joked Senator John McCain, ”The first time I was on, … Bob … and I had an in-depth discussion about the aviation policies of Calvin Coolidge. … I have been on a number of shows. Always I’m reluctant to do so, I’m sure you know. [Laughter.] … I want to thank Mary Hager, who has been with Bob as his producer for all this time. … For a very short statement, I think next is the Vice President. That will be interesting. [Laughter.]”

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Megan Boone On Capitol File Cover

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 1.13.45 PMCapitol File released its new holiday issue today with Megan Boone, star of NBC’s hit drama The Blacklist and total babe, on the cover!

Inside the annual holiday issue, Boone reveals why she enjoys living on the East Coast and dating in New York City, talks James Spader’s iconic fedora hat, shooting in Washington and of course, Capitol File’s Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Thorp couldn’t resist asking the actress for a few insights into this season of The Blacklist.

There’s also a great profile on the fabulous Bob Schieffer on the 60th anniversary of Face the Nation and his legendary tenure at CBS. Editor at Large from The Atlantic, Steve Clemons, penned the Schieffer piece.

A little birdie told us that Megan is coming to town for a Capitol File holiday soiree…fingers crossed we get an invite.

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CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Today marks the 60th anniversary of CBS’s “Face the Nation,” which debuted for the first time on November 7, 1954. At the time of its launch, the show was hosted by Tedd Koop.

“Face” is the second longest running television program currently on air, second to NBC’s “Meet the Press,” which celebrated its 67th anniversary yesterday.

This Sunday, “Face” will air a special 60th anniversary broadcast with separate interviews by host Bob Schieffer of President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush, with throwbacks to videos from the archives, including the below clip from the show’s debut with then-Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI).

WSJ Columnist Peggy Noonan Joins CBS News as Contributor

PNoonanThose who watched Sunday’s “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer know that Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan is set to join CBS News as a contributor. When announcing yesterday’s panel – which included Noonan – host Schieffer broke the news.

Noonan will contribute across CBS News’ broadcast and digital platforms, with regular appearances on “Face,” the “CBS Evening News” and “CBS This Morning.”

The former Harvard Institute of Politics fellow has authored eight books and is a former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan. Early in her career, she was a producer at CBS News in New York.

Highlights from the 11.2.14 Sunday Shows

SundayShows-w-candyUS Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power on CBS’s “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer:

…there really are positive signs in all three countries. In Liberia, thanks to the presence of the CDC and the US military, we see the rate of safe burial, which is a key part of the solution here, skyrocketing to close to 90% in the capital Monrovia. In Sierra Leone, the rate of safe burial within 24 hours is close to 100%. And CDC thinks that around half to 70% of the infections may well come from unsafe burial. So you could imagine what a difference that could start to make here you know just in a matter of days or weeks. And the rate of improvement in safe burial came over a four or five day period just because of the injection of command and control, frankly, by the United States and by the British and the Sierra Leonean context.

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Hey Isn’t That…Bob Schieffer on

bobSchiefferFirst it was Jake Tapper. Now, Bob Schieffer.

The editors over at Bon Appétit must be feeling a bit political as they’ve recently added CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer to its “Morning Routine” lineup.

The 5 decades news veteran spoke with the magazine on a variety of food-related topics including lunching with sources, how he likes his coffee, and passes to healthy eating.

“People always think of reporters as having glamorous jobs where you go out and have these big, fancy lunches with very important people. I’ve been a reporter for 50-something years, and I can count on my nose the number of stories I got at a lunch or a cocktail party,” Schieffer told Bon Appétit’s Rochelle Bilow. ”What I’ve discovered is that lunch is for eating. The way you get stories is by calling up the same people every day and asking them the same questions. I’m just an old beat reporter, you know. I’ve never really worked at social occasions—which may be why I enjoy social occasions.”

For the full feature with Schieffer, click on over to Bon Appétit.

The Important Role of the EP in a Sunday Show’s Success

Meet the Press - Season 67In case you (too) missed it, a piece last week to The New Republic highlighted the often overlooked and actual reason for a Sunday show’s success: the executive producer.

With Chuck Todd‘s debut as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he and the network are furiously working to regain the #1 rating among Sunday public affairs programming – competing against ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and CBS’s “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer - but a key component in that battle is the effectiveness of the show’s EP.

“In the world of Sunday shows, which have much smaller staffs than the typical network news program, the EP play an especially crucial role,” writes TNR’s Jason Zengerle. “While the anchor is the one asking senators and cabinet secretaries the tough questions, it’s the EP feeding those questions to the anchor’s earpiece—as well as doing the legwork to book those senators and cabinet secretaries as guests in the first place.” Read more

CBS’s Bob Schieffer on Love of Washington and ‘Face the Nation’ in Arrive Magazine

SchiefferIn anticipation of CBS’s “Face the Nation” hitting 60 years on air this November, Bob Schieffer talks his love of Washington and as host of CBS’s Sunday morning program in the latest issue of Amtrak’s Arrive magazine.

“You just cannot escape the feeling that you’re in a place where history is being made,” says Schieffer on page 128 of the magazine. “Washington today is what Rome was when it was the capital of the known world.”

Schieffer says that while someday he’ll retire, it’s not anytime soon.

“Why would I want to quit? It’s fun…I love doing it. I can’t wait to get to work everyday,” Schieffer told Arrive.

Check it out online here or in print the next time you’re riding Amtrak.

Jill Jackson Named Senior Producer of ‘Face the Nation’

Jill JacksonCBS News today announced that Jill Jackson, who’s been with the bureau since 2007, is set to join ”Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer“ as a senior producer.

Jackson served as a Capitol Hill producer in CBS’s Washington bureau before joining “CBS This Morning” in 2013. During the 2010 midterm elections, Jackson shifted to the role of senior political producer, and at the Republican and Democratic national conventions in 2012, she produced for Norah O’Donnell‘s coverage.

“Jill is a rising star in the bureau and we couldn’t be happier to have her,” said Schieffer. “There’s no better way to learn Washington than to spend your days chasing down the newsmakers on Capitol Hill and Jill’s years there will serve her well as she takes on her new responsibilities. She knows the players and she knows news. You can’t ask for more than that and we’re lucky to have her on the team.”

Former CBS Washington Bureau Chief Bill Small to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

cropped-cropped-cropped-Logo-Revert-011Nominees for the 35th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards were announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and former CBS Washington bureau chief William J. Small is set to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Small served as CBS’s DC bureau chief from 1962-1974, later serving as president of NBC News.

Bill Small is an icon in the television news industry,” said Chuck Dages, chairman of the NATAS. “As Bureau Chief of the CBS Washington News office throughout the 60′s and 70′s, he was paramount in the dramatic evolution of network news that continues today. Recruiting the likes of Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Bill Moyers, Ed Bradley, Diane Sawyer and Lesley Stahl among many others, he changed not only who we watched each evening but how.”

PBS leads with 43 Emmy nominations, followed by CBS with 42, ABC with 19 and NBC with 13. The Military Channel and the Smithsonian each received one nomination.

Awards will be presented on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, at Lincoln Center in New York City.

For a full list of nominees, click here.