February 11, 2009 9:13 PM
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Bill Geist has been a correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning since he joined CBS News in August 1987. He was honored with an Emmy Award in 1992 for his report for the broadcast on the 66th anniversary of America's famed Route 66. Geist contributes to several other CBS News broadcasts, including the CBS Evening News and 48 Hours.
He has added his unique insight and observations to various CBS Sports productions, including the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games and the World Series.
Geist is the author of five books: The Big Five-Oh: Facing, Fearing and Fighting 50; Monster Trucks and Hair-In-A-Can--Who Says America Doesn't Make Anything Anymore?; the New York Times bestseller Little League Confidential, an account of his experience as a coach of his son and daughter's Little League baseball teams; The Zucchini Plague and Other Tales of Suburbia and City Slickers.
He has contributed pieces to The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and other publications.
Prior to joining CBS News, Geist was a columnist for The New York Times (1980-87). His "About New York" column appeared twice a week. Before that, he worked for The Chicago Tribune, where he was a reporter and columnist (1972-80). Geist served as a combat photographer with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam.
In addition to the Emmy Award, he has won numerous awards for his work as a humorist, commentator and reporter in television, newspapers and magazines, but seems most proud of taking third in the Illinois State Fair Bake-Off.
Geist was born May 10, 1945 in Champaign, Ill. He was graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1968 with a degree in communications and from the University of Missouri in 197with a master's degree in communications. Geist lives in Ridgewood, N.J., with his wife, Jody, and their children, Will and Libby.
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