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Also Known As: James Charles Lehrer Died:
Born: May 19, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wichita, Kansas, USA Profession: newscaster

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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 his 2009 retirement from full time news anchoring, Jim Lehrer could claim a spotless record as a paragon of broadcast journalism, never...

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 his 2009 retirement from full time news anchoring, Jim Lehrer could claim a spotless record as a paragon of broadcast journalism, never wavering in his adherence to verifiable fact and never permitting a media event to degrade into a media circus.

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Joined U.S. Marine Corps
1959:
Wrote for <i>The Dallas Morning News</i> and then the <i>Dallas Times-Herald</i>
1963:
First big story, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963
1966:
Wrote first novel <i>Viva Max!</i>; adapted by director Jerry Paris as feature film in 1969
1968:
Named city editor of the <i>Dallas Times-Herald</i>
1972:
Moved to Washington, DC to serve as the public affairs coordinator for PBS
1973:
Teamed up with Robert MacNeil to provide continuous live coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings for the National Public Affairs Center for Television (NPACT)
1975:
Appeared as correspondent on "Robert MacNeil Report," which premiered on Thirteen/WNET New York
1975:
Published first memoir <i>We Were Dreamers</i>
1976:
Program name changed to "The MacNeil-Lehrer Report" (PBS)
1983:
Bumped to 60-minute format, program retitled "The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour"
1988:
Penned second novel <i>Kick the Can</i>
1988:
Began moderating televised presidential debates; earned nickname the Dean of Moderators
1992:
Wrote second memoir <i>A Bus of My Own</i>
1995:
Following MacNeil's retirement, headlined "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer"
1999:
Inducted into the Television Hall of Fame
2009:
Retired as host of "The News Hour with John Lehrer" after undergoing open heart surgery; appeared as correspondent for retitled "PBS News Hour"
2011:
Published book about presidential debates titled <i>Tension City</i>
2012:
Moderated his 12th nationally televised presidential debate, held in Denver, CO
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Education

University of Missouri: -
Victoria College: Beaumont , Texas -

Notes

Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame in 1998

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