Remembering ‘PBS NewsHour’ host Jim Lehrer

7th February 2020

We lost an incredibly talented broadcaster a few weeks ago: Jim Lehrer. He was 85. We’re taking a moment to remember Jim Lehrer. He was a giant in the world of journalism – particularly in the world of public broadcasting. Jim hosted “PBS’ NewsHour.” He was an anchor in public broadcasting for well over 35 years. He moderated a dozen presidential debates. When we spoke to Jim in 2010, he shared stories about juggling his job at a bus depot while being a college student and at Victoria College. Plus, the challenges of being the editor of his school’s newspaper. He also shared how he got his start in public media.

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Remembering ‘PBS’ NewsHour’ host Jim Lehrer

We lost an incredibly talented broadcaster a few weeks ago: Jim Lehrer. He died at his home in Washington, D.C., on January 23. He was 85.

He was a giant in the world of journalism – particularly in the world of public broadcasting. Jim hosted PBS’ NewsHour. He was an anchor in public broadcasting for well over 35 years. He moderated a dozen presidential debates.

With his Texas accent, Lehrer was affable and charming. He was also incisive and unwavering, when he needed to be. Jim was also a prolific writer – he wrote more than 20 novels.

We’re taking a moment to remember Jim Lehrer.

When we spoke to Jim in 2010, he’d just written a mystery novel. It was called Super. It’s set in the early 1950’s, set aboard the Super Chief, the legendary train that ran through the American Midwest and Southwest.

He shared stories about juggling his job at a bus depot while being a college student and at Victoria College. Plus, the challenges of being the editor of his school’s newspaper. He also shared how he got his start in public media.

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