Devan Coggan
May 31, 2015 at 07:02 PM EDT

After more than 50 years working in the media industry, Bob Schieffer signed off on Sunday from CBS News’ Face the Nation.

In his final broadcast, Schieffer looked back at his 24 years as Face the Nation moderator, speaking fondly of what he called “the best job in the world” and reflecting on his favorite parts of the job: “going behind police lines, talking to cops and soldiers and then senators and even presidents.”

“I’ll be honest. I’m going to miss being in the middle of things, but the one thing I will never forget is the trust you placed in me and how nice you were to have me as a guest in your home over so many years,” Schieffer said. “That meant the world to me. It always will.”

Throughout his career, Schieffer won almost every broadcast journalism award in the field, including eight Emmys. The 78-year-old anchor worked with CBS News for 46 years, and his alma mater, Texas Christian University, named its journalism school after him.

“I thought back to when I was in ninth grade and saw my byline in the school newspaper and decided right then I wanted to be a reporter,” Schieffer said in his final broadcast.

Schieffer announced in April that he would be leaving Face the Nation. Beginning June 7, John Dickerson will take over as the new host.

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