Bob as a Peer
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Surrounded by the Greatest of All Time
Bob never felt he had to hate his competitors, and in fact, some of his best friends were the journalists he competed hardest against.
He and NBC's Tom Brokaw were fierce competitors when they covered the Ford and Carter presidential administrations, but they have been close friends for four decades.
Bob and NBC's Tim Russert were competitors when Russert hosted Meet the Press opposite Face the Nation on Sundays, but they had side-by-side seats at Washington Nationals baseball games. "Maybe it goes back to my baseball playing days, but you didn’t hate the good players. You respected them," he said. "Russert and I went head to head every Sunday, but he was one of the best, and when I scooped him I felt extra good about it. It was like hitting a home run off the best pitcher in the league."
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His Peers On His Character
"He would have given the others a real run for their money."
–Walter Cronkite, on Bob Schieffer
"Bob Schieffer is one of America’s most experienced and distinguished journalists."
"Bob Schieffer's wise and thoughtful book reminds us that while reporters have never been popular, especially among those they cover, the profession is critical to maintaining our freedom."
-Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director who served 11 presidents
"Bob Schieffer is not only a distinguished journalist who understands what is happening to his profession, he also knows that the only solution is what his own career has symbolized."
-Leon Panetta, former Secretary of Defense, CIA Director
Admired by Many, Matched by Few
Bob Schieffer’s 58-year career in journalism is considered to be one of the most impressive journalism careers to date. He covered every Democratic and Republican National Convention since 1972, interviewed every president since Richard Nixon, moderated three presidential debates, and was one of the few reporters assigned to cover all four major Washington beats.