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Jim Lehrer

  • Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas
  • Birthday: May 19

Jim Lehrer is an American journalist and a novelist.

Lehrer is the former executive editor and a former news anchor for the PBS NewsHour, and is known for his role as a debate moderator in U.S. presidential election campaigns.

Jim Lehrer is an American journalist and a novelist.

Lehrer is the former executive editor and a former news anchor for the PBS NewsHour, and is known for his role as a debate moderator in U.S. presidential election campaigns.

In October 1975, Lehrer became the Washington correspondent for the Robert MacNeil Report on Thirteen/WNET New York. Two months later, he was promoted to co-anchor, and the program was accordingly renamed The MacNeil/Lehrer Report. In September 1983, Lehrer and MacNeil relaunched their show as The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour which, after MacNeil's departure in 1995, was renamed The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and in 2009 became the PBS NewsHour.

Jim Lehrer was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame (with Robert MacNeil) in 1999.

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Jim Lehrer

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