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Stuart Novins with Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Chase Smith on Face the Nation in Washington, D.C. (1956)

Stuart Novins (March 30, 1914[1] – December 7, 1989) was an American television journalist. He was a CBS News correspondent for 35 years.

As the second moderator for Face the Nation, he interviewed national as well as international world leaders. In 1960, the year he left his position on Face the Nation, he served as a panelist at the first televised presidential debate between Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon, which took place in Chicago at the studios of CBS-owned WBBM-TV. He retired from television in 1975 and joined the faculty at the University of New Mexico, where he taught broadcast journalism until 1981.

Novins died of respiratory failure on December 7, 1989, in Middlebury, Vermont.[2]


  1. ^ Birth date from Social Security Death Index.
  2. ^ "Stuart Novins Is Dead; TV Reporter Was 75". New York Times. 1989-12-09.
Preceded by
Bill Shadel
Face the Nation Moderator
August 21, 1955 – November 6, 1960
Succeeded by
Howard K. Smith