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Bob Schieffer to speak at UT Arlington's 2008 Graduation Celebration

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Monday, March 10, 2008

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Media Contact: UT Arlington Media Relations, 817-272-2761

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington’s 2008 Graduation Celebration, set for May 9, will feature a keynote address by noted television journalist Bob Schieffer.

Bob SchiefferSchieffer has been with CBS News for 39 years. He served as anchor on the Saturday edition of “CBS Evening News” for 23 years. He has been chief Washington correspondent since 1982 and moderator of “Face the Nation” since 1991. He served as interim anchor of the “CBS Evening News” from March 2005 to August 2006. Schieffer is one of the few journalists to have covered all four of the major Washington national assignments: the White House, The Pentagon, United States Department of State and United States Congress.

Schieffer grew up in Fort Worth and graduated from Texas Christian University. The journalism school at TCU is named after him. He worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as a reporter and, among other stories, covered the assassination of President Kennedy. He then joined WBAP TV, now KXAS-Channel 5, before moving to CBS News in 1969.

Schieffer has won six Emmy awards and won two Sigma Delta Chi awards. He was named Broadcaster of the Year in 2002 by the National Press Foundation and was named to the Broadcasting/Cable Hall of Fame.

Schieffer has written two books about his career in journalism: “Face the Nation : My Favorite Stories from the First 50 Years of the Award-Winning News Broadcast,” and “This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV.” He is also the author of “Acting President,” a book about Ronald Reagan. In September, G.P. Putnam’s Sons will publish a collection of his commentaries.

The 2008 Graduation Celebration will include a procession, a Carlisle Cannon salute, a performance by the University Festival Band and a colorful fireworks show. The ceremony begins at 8 p.m. and will be held in Maverick Stadium, 1307 W. Mitchell St.

Contact the Office of Public Affairs at (817) 272-2761 for more information.

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