CBS News Political Director John Dickerson will replace Bob Schieffer as the anchor of "Face the Nation," the network announced Sunday.

Schieffer announced last week that he will retire from his longtime post as anchor of the Sunday affairs program this summer.

"John is first and foremost a reporter — and that's what he'll be as anchor of 'Face the Nation,'" David Rhodes, president of CBS News, said in a statement. "His work in the studio will always be informed by what he's learned in Iowa, in New Hampshire, on Capitol Hill — anywhere there's news. He has earned the respect of newsmakers across the political spectrum. With all our correspondents John will present comprehensive coverage on all our platforms."

Dickerson said Sunday that he's "thrilled" to take the position. "I have watched Bob my whole professional life not just as a viewer but as a daily reporter who also covered the Hill. I'm honored to carry on his tradition on 'Face the Nation,' " he said in the CBS statement.

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