Bill Geist to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Bill Geist
CBS News correspondent Bill Geist on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Now he gets his own star!

Emmy Award-winning CBS News correspondent and "Sunday Morning" contributor Bill Geist will be honored in Los Angeles when he receives a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Geist will follow in the footsteps of film, music and broadcast industry figures when he is honored with the Walk of Fame's 2,437th star at a ceremony this Friday.

Hollywood Walk of Fame (Official website)

Geist's star will join those of other CBS News luminaries, including Edward R. Murrow, Ruth Ashton Taylor, Cecil Brown and Mike Wallace.

Bill invites fans who wish to witness this once-in-his-lifetime event to join in the festivities.

WHERE: 6850 Hollywood Boulevard, next to the El Capitan Theatre
WHEN: Friday, April 15, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.

Since joining CBS News in 1987, Geist has received two Emmy Awards for "Sunday Morning": A 2005 profile of Fred Carl, who started the Viking Range company in Greenwood, Miss., and completely revitalized the small, impoverished town; and his 1992 report on the 66th anniversary of America's famed Route 66.

He has also contributed to CBS News' "60 Minutes II," and to a variety of CBS Sports broadcasts, including the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games, the World Series, the Super Bowl and the NCAA Division I basketball tournament.

Prior to joining CBS News, Geist was a columnist for The New York Times, and a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune. He also served as a combat photographer with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1969.

He is the author of seven books, including The New York Times bestselling "Little League Confidential," an account of his experience as a coach of his son's and daughter's Little League baseball teams. Most recently he wrote "Way Off the Road," a compendium of stories from "Sunday Morning." Geist has contributed stories to numerous magazines, including New York, Chicago, Rolling Stone, Forbes, Vogue and Esquire, and to the website The Daily Beast.

Born in Champaign, Ill., Geist was graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in communications, and received a Master's degree in communications from the University of Missouri. Geist lives in New York City with his wife. They have two children.

A few years ago Geist took a stroll on the Walk of Fame, and wondered what it took to get his own star. (To view the video click on the player below).