BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 19, 2008 – Veteran CBS newsman Bob Schieffer will give the Cutchins Distinguished Lecture at Virginia Tech on Thursday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., in Burruss Auditorium. The CBS News chief Washington correspondent and anchor and moderator of its Sunday public affairs show "Face The Nation" will give a talk, titled "Washington and the World."
Schieffer will give his perspective on the 2008 presidential campaign and its candidates and other current events, headlines, and newsmakers. The talk is free and open to the public, no tickets required. For assistance, call (540) 231-9457; parking information is online.
An award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and author, Schieffer has covered Washington for CBS News for more than 30 years. He anchored the Saturday edition of “CBS Evening News” for 20 years, served as interim anchor of the weeknight program, and is now a regular contributor to “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.”
Schieffer is one of the few broadcast or print journalists to have covered all four major beats in the nation’s capital — the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Capitol Hill. As a campaign trail correspondent, he has been a floor reporter at all the Democratic and Republican National Conventions since 1972. Schieffer is the author of the 2003 New York Times best-seller “This Just In: What I Couldn’t Tell You On TV” as well as “Face the Nation” and “Acting President.” He also plays guitar in country band Honky Tonk Confidential.
A member of the Broadcasting/Cable Hall of Fame, Schieffer received the 2003 Paul White Award, presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association, and, in 2004, the International Radio and Television Society Foundation Award and the American News Women’s Club Helen Thomas Award for Excellence in Journalism. He was the National Press Foundation’s Broadcaster of the Year in 2002. A native of Austin, Texas, Schieffer, 71, has announced plans to retire with the inauguration of a new president next January.
The Cutchins Distinguished Lecture is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development and the Pamplin College of Business and is also held in celebration of Founders Day. The center aims to educate students about leadership and prepare them to be leaders of integrity and ability. It is named in honor of the late W. Thomas Rice (class of ’34, civil engineering), a retired railroad industry executive and former rector of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The lecture series is named for the late Clifford A. Cutchins III (class of ’44, accounting), a former bank chairman and rector of the Board of Visitors.
Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. The college emphasizes the development of ethical values and leadership, technology, and international business skills. A member of its marketing faculty directs the interdisciplinary Sloan Foundation Forest Industries Center at Virginia Tech. The college’s other centers focus on business leadership, electronic commerce, and organizational performance. The college is committed to serving business and society through the expertise of its faculty, alumni, and students. It is named in honor of Robert B. Pamplin (class of ’33, business administration), the former CEO of Georgia-Pacific, and his son, businessman and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr. (class of ’64, business administration).