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Jim Lehrer
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| birth_place = Wichita, Kansas, U.S.| education = Victoria College (Texas)University of Missouri| occupation = Journalist, news anchor, author| spouse = Kate Lehrer (m. 1960)| residence = Washington, D.C., U.S.| credits = PBS NewsHour'The Dallas Morning News'The Dallas Times Herald


>embed=yes}}| children = 3}}James Charles Lehrer ({{IPAc-en|ˈ|l|ɛər|ər}}; born May 19, 1934)WEB,weblink Oxford English Dictionary Entry for Jim Lehrer, Oxford Dictionaries, December 1, 2016, December 1, 2016, is an American journalist and novelist.Lehrer is the former Executive Editor and a former News Anchor for the PBS NewsHour on PBS, and is known for his role as a Debate Moderator in U.S. Presidential Election campaigns. He is an author of numerous fiction and non-fiction books that draw upon his experience as a newsman, along with his interests in history and politics.

Early years

Lehrer was born in Wichita, Kansas—the son of Lois Catherine (née Chapman), a bank clerk; and Harry Frederick Lehrer, a bus station manager.WEB, Jim Lehrer Biography (1934–),weblink film reference, 2011, May 3, 2011, He attended middle school in Beaumont, Texas, and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School (San Antonio, TX) where he was a sports editor for the Jefferson Declaration. He graduated with an A.A. from Victoria College in Texas, and a B.J. from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri in 1956.After graduating from college, Lehrer joined the United States Marine CorpsWEB, Jim Lehrer, Jim Lehrer Reflects on Marines at Museum Dedication,weblink PBS NewsHour, November 10, 2006, May 3, 2011, and attributes his service and travels with helping him to look past himself and feel a connection to the world that he would not have otherwise experienced.WEB, Jim Lehrer,weblink Commencement speech of Jim Lehrer, Harvard University, June 8, 2008, September 28, 2008, {{dead link|date=April 2017 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }}


In 1959, Lehrer began his career in journalism at The Dallas Morning News in Texas. Later, he worked as a Reporter for the Dallas Times-Herald, where he covered the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. There, he was a Political Columnist for several years, and in 1968 he became the City Editor.WEB,weblink date=August 30, 2011, Encyclopædia Britannica accessdate=December 9, 2016, Lehrer began his television career at KERA-TV in Dallas, Texas, as the Executive Director of Public Affairs, an On-air Host, and Editor of a nightly news program. He moved to PBS in Washington, D.C., to become the Public Affairs Coordinator, a member of Journalism Advisory Board, and a Fellow at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). He worked as a Correspondent for the National Public Affairs Center for Television (NPACT) where he met Robert MacNeil. In 1973, they covered the Senate Watergate hearings and the revelation of the Watergate Tapes broadcast, live on PBS. Lehrer covered the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment inquiry of President Richard Nixon.In October 1975, Lehrer became the Washington Correspondent for the "Robert MacNeil Report" on Thirteen/WNET New York. Two months later on December 1, 1975, 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 was renamed The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, following McNeil's departure in 1995. The program was renamed the PBS NewsHour in 2009.WEB, About Us: Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor,weblink The PBS NewsHour, 2012, February 4, 2013, In April 2008, Lehrer underwent a heart valve surgery, allowing Ray Suarez to anchor in his stead until Lehrer's return on June 26, 2008.NEWS, The Associated Press, NewsHour Anchor Jim Lehrer Has Heart Surgery,weblink The International Herald Tribune, April 25, 2008, September 26, 2008, On June 6, 2011, Lehrer stepped down as anchor of the PBS NewsHour, but continued to moderate the Friday news analysis segments and be involved with the show's production company, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.NEWS, Paul, Farhi, Jim Lehrer to step down from daily broadcast at 'NewsHour',weblink The Washington Post, May 12, 2011, May 12, 2011, Lehrer has received several awards and honors throughout his career in journalism, including several Emmys; the George Foster Peabody Broadcast Award; a William Allen White Foundation Award for Journalistic Merit; and the University of Missouri School of Journalism's Medal of Honor. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Journalism degree by McDaniel College.weblinkThe Baltimore Sun - "McDaniel's Commencement is Saturday; Jim and Kate Lehrer to Get Honorary Degrees," May 16, 2004.

Presidential debate moderator

Lehrer has been involved in several projects related to U.S. presidential debates, including the Debating Our Destiny documentaries in 2000 and 2008, that feature excerpts of exclusive interviews with many of the presidential and vice presidential candidates since 1976.WEB,weblink publisher= MacNeil/Lehrer Productions in association with the Commission on Presidential Debates and WETA date=December 31, 2008 The Dean of Moderators by journalist Bernard Shaw (journalist)>Bernard Shaw, Lehrer has moderated twelve presidential debates, spanning from 1988 United States presidential election to 2012 United States presidential election>2012.ASSOCIATED PRESS>TITLE=JIM LEHRER: 'THE DEAN OF MODERATORS'WORK=MSNBC.COMACCESSDATE=SEPTEMBER 26, 2008ARCHIVE-DATE = OCTOBER 1, 2004, {{As ofCommission on Presidential Debates (CPD).HTTPS://WWW.HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM/NEWS/JIM-LEHRER-OFFERS-ADVICE-DEBATE-932369LAST = GUTHRIEDATE = SEPTEMBER 26, 2016WORK = THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, Lehrer most recently moderated the (2012 United States presidential debates#October 3: First presidential debate (University of Denver)|first general election debate) of the 2012 election. He originally had sworn off moderating any debates after 2008; however, the CPD persisted, and he accepted as he was interested in the new format.WEB, Brian, Stelter, Michael D., Shear,weblink Criticism Greets List of Debate Moderators, The New York Times, USA, October 4, 2012, October 4, 2012, The debate was held at the University of Denver and covered domestic policy issues. Lehrer's performance as a moderator, in which he frequently allowed the candidates to exceed the given time limits, received mixed reviews; while he received criticism for his lenient enforcement of time rules and open-ended questions, his approach also received praise for letting the candidates have some control in the debate on their own terms.NEWS, David, Bauder, Tough Reviews for Jim Lehrer as Debate Moderator,weblink October 4, 2012, Hearst Communications Inc., San Francisco Chronicle, California, USA, October 4, 2012, WEB,weblink Jim Lehrer's Debate Performance Criticized, Defended, and Analyzed, The Washington Post, USA, October 4, 2012, October 4, 2012,

Personal life

Lehrer is married to Kate Lehrer, who is also a novelist. They have three daughters and six grandchildren. His father was a bus driver, who briefly operated a bus company. Lehrer is an avid bus enthusiast, a hobbyist, and a collector of bus memorabilia—including depot signs, driver caps, and antique toy buses.Lehrer, Jim - "A Bus of My Own", New York: Putnam - 1992. {{ISBN|0-399-13765-3}}.Hari Sreenivasan - "Jim Lehrer's 'Super' Office Tour", On the Road, PBS, April 16, 2010.weblink As a college student in the 1950s, he worked as a Trailways Ticket Agent in Victoria, Texas. He is a supporter of the Pacific Bus Museum in Williams, California, and the Museum of Bus Transportation in Hershey, Pennsylvania.Lehrer is a prolific writer and has authored numerous novels, as well as having penned several plays, screenplays, and three personal memoirs. His book, Top Down, is a novel based on the events surrounding the Kennedy assassination.Lehrer, Jim - "Top Down: A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination", New York: Random House, 2013. {{ISBN|978-1-4000-6916-3}}. His most recent play, Bell, was produced by the National Geographic Society as part of their 125th anniversary celebration.

Honors and awards


(File:Jim Lehrer 2011.jpg|thumb|Lehrer signing copies of his book at the National Press Club Book Fair in 2011)Novels (One-Eyed Mack Series)
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, Kick the Can, New York, Putnam, 1988, 0-399-13350-X,weblink
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, Crown Oklahoma, New York, Putnam, 1989, 0-399-13434-4,weblink
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, The Sooner Spy, New York, Putnam, 1990, 0-399-13536-7,weblink
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, Lost and Found, New York, Putnam, 1991, 0-399-13601-0,weblink
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, Short List, New York, Putnam, 1992, 0-399-13665-7,weblink
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, Fine Lines, New York, Random House, 1994, 0-517-16435-3,
Novels (Charlie Henderson Series)
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, Blue Hearts, New York, Random House, 1993, 0-679-42216-1,
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, Purple Dots, New York, Random House, 1998, 0-679-45237-0,weblink
Novels (Stand-alone)
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, Viva Max!, New York, Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1966, B001TNUMVE,
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, The Last Debate, New York, Random House, 1995, 0-517-17761-7,
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, White Widow, New York, Random House, 1996, 0-679-45236-2,weblink
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, The Special Prisoner, New York, Random House, 2000, 0-375-50371-4,
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, No Certain Rest, New York, Random House, 2002, 0-375-50372-2,
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, Flying Crows: A Novel, New York, Random House, 2004, 1-4000-6197-0,weblink
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, The Franklin Affair, New York, Random House, 2005, 1-4000-6198-9,
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, The Phony Marine, New York, Random House, 2006, 1-4000-6486-4,weblink
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, Eureka, New York, Random House, 2007, 1-4000-6487-2,
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, Oh, Johnny, New York, Random House, 2009, 1-4000-6762-6,
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, Super, New York, Random House, 2010, 978-1-4000-6763-3,weblink
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, Top Down: A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination, New York, Random House, 2013, 978-1-4000-6916-3,

  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, We Were Dreamers, New York, Atheneum, 1975, 0-689-10693-9,weblink
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, A Bus of My Own, New York, Putnam, 1992, 0-399-13765-3,weblink
  • BOOK, Lehrer, Jim, Tension City, New York, Random House, 2011, 978-1-4000-6917-0,weblink

  • An adaptation of White Widow has been written by Luke WilsonWEB, Simon, Brent, Luke Wilson Wants to Direct... Again,weblink Shared Darkness, October 4, 2012, August 13, 2008, dead,weblink" title="">weblink November 26, 2013, NEWS, Truitt, Brian, Luke Wilson shoots for the top in 'Middle Men',weblink October 4, 2012, USA Today, September 8, 2010,
  • Viva Max! (1969) writing credit with Elliott Baker
  • The Last Debate (2000) writing credit with Jon Maas

  • The Will and Bart Show
  • Church Key Charlie Blue
  • Chili Queen
  • Bell



Further reading

  • Art at Our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists featuring Jim Lehrer. Edited by Nan Cuba and Riley Robinson (Trinity University Press, 2008).

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