Jim Lehrer - Overview

Date of Birth: May 19, 1934    
Place of Birth: Wichita, Kansas, USA
Nationality: United States
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With his long-time professional partner Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer forged a unique journalistic brand during the U.S. Senate Watergate Hearings in 1974, a watershed moment in American history that led to the resignation of then President Richard M. Nixon over allegations of illegal political activities sanctioned by the White House. Modest and unprepossessing in his demeanor but dogged in his pursuit of the truth, the Texas-raised, Marine Corps-hardened Lehrer helped change the shape of broadcast journalism and public television as one-half of the news reporting equation of the long-running "MacNeil-Lehrer Report" (PBS, 1976-1983) and its subsequent reincarnations as "The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour" (1983-1995) and "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer" (1995-2009). Despite a reputation for reporting the facts with unsparing accuracy, Lehrer's ethical integrity earned him the trust of Washington, D.C.'s inner circles. Between 1988 and 2012, he was called upon to mediate twelve presidential debates, earning along the way the nickname The Dean of Moderators. At the time of h... Read More
Moderated his 12th nationally televised presidential debate, held in Denver, CO
Published book about presidential debates titled Tension City
Retired as host of "The News Hour with John Lehrer" after undergoing open heart surgery; appeared as correspondent for retitled "PBS News Hour"
Inducted into the Television Hall of Fame
1995 - 2009
Following MacNeil's retirement, headlined "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer"
Wrote second memoir A Bus of My Own
Began moderating televised presidential debates; earned nickname the Dean of Moderators