Jim Lehrer Bio – Jim Lehrer Wiki
Jim Lehrer born James Charles Lehrer was an American journalist and novelist. He attended Victoria College in Texas and then studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He served three years as an infantry officer in the late 1950s.
He began his journalism career in 1960. He reported for both the Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Times-Herald from 1959 to 1966, covering local politics. He became the Times-Herald’s city editor in 1968.
Lehrer moved to Washington in the early 1970s to become the public affairs coordinator at PBS and a correspondent for the National Public Affairs Center for Television. Lehrer and MacNeil first teamed up to cover the Senate Watergate hearings in 1973, and their live coverage earned them an Emmy. In 1975, they launched the half-hour The MacNeil/Lehrer Report. The show collected more than 30 awards, including a Peabody, a DuPont and several Emmys.
In 1983, the program became The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, the nation’s first hourlong evening news program. When MacNeil retired in October 1995, the show was renamed The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, with Lehrer as the sole anchor. In 2009, the show’s name changed to PBS NewsHour as Lehrer considered retirement, and he left the program as a regular contributor in June 2011.
He is the author of 20 novels, three memoirs, and several plays and earned dozens of journalism awards and honorary degrees. He received the National Humanities Medal from President Clinton, was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and alongside MacNeil, was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
Jim Lehrer Age
Jim Lehrer was born on May 19, 1934, in Wichita, Kansas, United States. He died on January 23, 2020. He was
Jim Lehrer Wife
Lehrer had been married to his wife Kate Lehrer (Kate Tom Staples) since June 4, 1960, until his death on January 23, 2020.
Jim Lehrer Children – Jim Lehrer Daughters
Lehrer and his wife Kate Lehrer had three daughters Jamie Lehrer, Lucy Tom Lehrer, and Amanda Lehrer; and six grandchildren.
Jim Lehrer Family
He was the son of Lois, a bank clerk, and Harry, a bus station manager.
Jim Lehrer Death
Jim Lehrer died on January 23, 2020, at his home in Washington, D.C. at age 85. His death was announced by his longtime network home, PBS, in a statement.
“It is with great sadness that I share the news that co-founder and longtime anchor of the PBS NewsHour Jim Lehrer died today, Thursday, January 23, 2020, peacefully in his sleep at home. Lehrer, born May 19, 1934, served as anchor of the NewsHour for 36 years before retiring in 2011. Lehrer and Robert MacNeil founded the program in 1975, out of their 1973 coverage of the Senate Watergate Hearings on PBS.”
PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff, said in a statement, “I’m heartbroken at the loss of someone who was central to my professional life, a mentor to me and someone whose friendship I’ve cherished for decades. I’ve looked up to him as the standard for fair, probing and thoughtful journalism and I know countless others who feel the same way.”
The president and CEO of WETA, Sharon Percy Rockefeller, said, “We at WETA are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our longtime friend and colleague Jim Lehrer, one of America’s most distinguished journalists and a true champion of excellence in reporting. Jim set the gold standard for broadcast journalism in our nation and devoted his life to a vital public service ― keeping Americans informed and thereby strengthening our civil society. Through his extraordinary insight, integrity, balance and discipline, Jim earned the trust of the American people, and his important legacy lives on at PBS NewsHour.”
PBS President Paula Kerger said, “On behalf of all of us at PBS, we are deeply saddened to learn of Jim Lehrer’s passing. From co-creating the groundbreaking MacNeil/Lehrer Report to skillfully moderating many presidential debates, Jim exemplified excellence in journalism throughout his extraordinary career. A true giant in news and public affairs, he leaves behind an incredible legacy that serves as an inspiration to us all. He will be missed.”
CNN anchor Jake Tapper tweeted: “He was a debate moderator, a US Marine, a former newspaperman, a novelist, an anchorman, a dad, husband and grandpa, a role model. And he always had time to chat with younger journalists.”
Jim Lehrer Cause of Death
Jim Lehrer’s cause of death was not revealed.
Jim Lehrer Net Worth
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