Bill Geist is a correspondent for "CBS Sunday Morning."
Since joining CBS News in 1987, Geist has been chronicling unique people and places in America and, occasionally, around the globe. While at CBS News, Geist's reports have been featured on virtually every broadcast in the division and on multiple platforms.
Geist has also contributed his humor, observations and storytelling to CBS Television Network broadcasts of the Winter Olympics, the World Series, the Super Bowl and the NCAA basketball tournament.
Prior to joining CBS News, he was a columnist for The New York Times (1980-1987), where his "About New York" column appeared twice a week. Before that, he worked for The Chicago Tribune, where he was a reporter and columnist (1972-1980). Geist served as a combat photographer with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam (1969) and was awarded the Bronze Star.
Geist has been honored with three Emmy Awards for his work on "CBS Sunday Morning." Geist also received the 2007 Marist College Lowell Thomas Award, which recognizes individuals whose work "reflects the imagination, courage, ambition and humanity" of Thomas, the renowned author, traveler and broadcaster.
Geist also has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Illinois.
He is the best-selling author of eight books, including New York Times bestsellers "Little League Confidential," an account of coaching his son's and daughter's baseball teams; "Way Off the Road," a compendium of stories from "CBS Sunday Morning" on "the peculiar charms of small-town America," and, most recently (2014), "Good Talk Dad ... The Birds and Bees and Other Conversations We Forgot To Have," which he co-authored with his son, Willie. He has contributed stories to numerous magazines ranging from New York to Chicago, Rolling Stone to Forbes and Vogue to Esquire.
In 2011, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his 'informative, entertaining" television reporting. Geist has won many awards for his work as a humorist, commentator and reporter in television, newspapers and magazines , but is most proud of taking third in the Illinois State Fair Bake Off (Yeast and Quick Breads Division).
Geist was born in Champaign, Il. He was graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1968 with a degree in communications and from the University of Missouri in 1971 with a Master's degree in communications.
Geist lives in New York City with his wife, Jody. They have two children and four grandchildren.