Award-winning television and print journalist Bob Schieffer will be the featured speaker in the March 3 Distinguished Lecture Series presentation at Lamar State College-Port Arthur.   

Distinguished Lecture Series presentations are free and open to the public. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Carl Parker Center, 1800 Lakeshore Drive on the Lamar State campus.

Schieffer was born in Austin, grew up in Fort Worth and graduated from Texas Christian University, which in 2005 honored the former student by creating the Schieffer School of Journalism.

Now is in his 52nd year as a reporter and 40th year at CBS News, Schieffer has received virtually every award in broadcast journalism.

He planned to retire in 2008. Instead, he published his fourth book, “Bob Schieffer’s America,” moderated the final debate of the presidential campaign, received an Emmy for lifetime achievement, was recipient of the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment award by the Radio Television News Directors Association, was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and, along with his country music band Honky Tonk Confidential, made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.

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.

He covered every presidential campaign and was a floor reporter at all of the Democratic and Republican Nation Over the years, Schieffer won seven Emmys and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

The National Press Foundation named Schieffer the 2002 Broadcaster of the Year. He is also a member of the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and was awarded the 2003 Paul White Award by the Radio-Television News Directors Association.

Schieffer has been a principal anchor for CBS News since 1973.  He anchored the Saturday edition of the program from 1976 to 1996, and prior to that anchored the Sunday edition from 1973 to 1976.

Schieffer joined CBS News in 1969 and, after a brief stint as a general assignment reporter, was named Pentagon correspondent, a post he held for four years.

Before joining CBS News, he was a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and, in 1965, became the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to report from Vietnam.

Schieffer later became news anchor at WBAP-TV Dallas/Fort Worth, a post that eventually led to his joining a network news operation.

In addition to his latest book, Schieffer also wrote a New York Times Bestseller, “This Just In: What I Couldn’t Tell You on TV, published in 2008; “Face the Nation,” published on the 50th anniversary of that broadcast in 2004; and the best-selling “Acting President,” published in 1989.

Schieffer also enjoys writing poetry, and recently turned his interest to music.

In 2006, he wrote a comic song about a gas station worker who became a TV anchorman and sang it at a local charity event with the band Honky Tonk Confidential. The song was a hit with the audience, and he was asked to sing with the band at other Washington events.

Schieffer wrote other songs for the band, which were included in a CD. And in 2008, he and the band were asked to appear with country music stars Trisha Yearwood and Brad Paisley at the Grand Ole Opry.

Schieffer described it as “an out-of-body experience.”

“For a moment there, I thought I was in some sort of parallel universe,” Schieffer told an interviewer.

Previous speakers the LSC-PA Distinguished Lecture Series include former President Jimmy Carter, former astronaut James Lovell, former Polish president Lech Walesa, actors James Earl Jones and Edward James Olmos, Olympic medal winner Cathy Rigby, inner city high school principal Joe Clark, professional basketball star Cynthia Cooper, anti-crime TV show host John Walsh, NPR humorist Garrison Keillor and Animal Planet television star Jeff Corwin.