Shining Stars snags Broadcasting/Cable Hall of Famer for this year’s Master of Ceremony!

by Larre Green on March 30, 2009

When 2009 Shining Stars Chair, Sharon Mayes, was looking for this year’s event Master of Ceremony, she simply looked to her family for little help.   Just by lifting the phone, Ms. Mayes was able to reach out and recruit one of the most respected broadcast journalists around, Bob Schieffer, Moderator of CBS Face the Nation and the CBS Chief Washington Correspondent.  Of course, it did help that Mr. Schieffer is also Ms. Mayes brother!  

For the past 30 plus years, Mr. Schieffer has covered Washington for CBS News.  During which time he has covered all four major beats, the White House, The Pentagon, The State Department and Capitol Hill, a feat that only a select few journalist including both broadcast and print, can boast about. 

Mr. Shieffer’s top honors include: seven Emmy Awards, the 2002 National Press Foundation Broadcaster of the Year, 2003 Paul White Award, presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association which recognizes and individual’s lifetime contribution to electron journalism (past recipients’ were Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Morley Safer, Mike Wallace and Dan Rather, just to name a few), the 2004 International Radio and Television Society Foundation Award and being named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress in 2008.  Probably one of the greatest tributes to Mr. Shieffer’s journalistic accomplishments took place in 2005, when Texas Christian University, his alma mater, created the Schieffer School of Journalism in his honor.

Slated for October 23rd, Shining Stars celebrates amazing individuals who have made a major impact on the Tarrant County community over the past year.  Over twenty four organizations each chose one exceptional person whose dedication, hard work and accomplishments, at that organization, stood out over the last year.  These “Stars” are then honored at a luncheon held at the Dallas Marriott Las Colinas.

Bob Schieffer isn’t Ms. Mayes only famous brother. Her other brother is looking to make an address change in the fall…possibly to Austin.  Why?  Because Ms. Mayes other brother is none other than Tom Schieffer, who will be taking Texas by storm as he makes a run at becoming the next Governor of Texas, (or at least…there has been a lot of chatter about his upcoming announcement).  Stay tuned!!!

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