Bill Shadel

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Willard Franklin "Bill" Shadel (July 31, 1908 – January 29, 2005) was an American news anchor for CBS Radio and ABC Television.[1]

Edward R. Murrow recruited Shadel while he was working in Europe as a correspondent for the National Rifle Association. During World War II, Shadel covered the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion for CBS Radio. During his years at CBS, Shadel worked alongside Murrow, Howard K. Smith, Walter Cronkite, and Eric Sevareid.

In 1954 Shadel became the first host of the Sunday-morning interview show Face the Nation. He later became one of several anchors for ABC's Evening News after John Charles Daly stepped down in 1960, and also that year moderated the third presidential debate between Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

Shadel would then stay with ABC and retire from their news division in 1975.


  1. "TV Anchor Bill Shadel Dies; CBS, WTOP Radio Reporter". The Washington Post. 1 February 2005. Retrieved 4 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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First Face the Nation Moderator
November 7, 1954 – August 14, 1955
Succeeded by
Stuart Novins