Jim Lehrer

Born May 19, 1934

James Charles "Jim" Lehrer is an American journalist and the executive editor and former news anchor for PBS NewsHour on PBS, known for his role as a frequent debate moderator during elections. Lehrer is an author of non-fiction and fiction, drawing from his experiences and interests in history and politics.… Read More

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1934 Birth Born on May 19, 1934.


1956 22 Years Old He graduated with A.A. from Victoria College in Texas, and with B.J. from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri in 1956. … Read More
1959 25 Years Old In 1959 Lehrer began his career in journalism at The Dallas Morning News.
1963 29 Years Old Later, he was a reporter for the Dallas Times-Herald, where he covered the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, and reported on other events until 1966, was a political columnist for several years, and became the city editor in 1968. … Read More


1975 41 Years Old In October 1975, Lehrer became the Washington correspondent for the "Robert MacNeil Report" on Thirteen/WNET New York. … Read More
1983 49 Years Old 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 later became the PBS NewsHour in 2009.


2004 70 Years Old …  And, in 2004, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Journalism degree by McDaniel College. … Read More
Lehrer underwent a heart valve surgery in April 2008, and, while he recuperated, Ray Suarez anchored in his stead until his return on June 28, 2008.
2011 77 Years Old On May 12, 2011, Lehrer announced he would be stepping down as anchor of PBS NewsHour on June 6, 2011, but would continue to moderate the Friday news analysis segments, and would continue to be involved with the show's production company, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.
2012 78 Years Old Lehrer hosted the first United States presidential election debate for the 2012 U.S. presidential general election.
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