Jim Lehrer
American writer
Jim Lehrer
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.
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Veteran Journalist and Author James M Perry dead at 89
Huffington Post - 3 months
James M. Perry was a WWII Marine veteran who began his career at Leatherneck Magazine (Marine Corps), and then worked for thirty-five years covering politics for the National Observer and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Perry was influential in furthering the careers of other journalists who crossed his path, and was among those who helped shape the political-writing beat of a generation. As part of his work, Mr. Perry often traveled the world with Presidents to cover their journeys abroad. He was with President John F. Kennedy's entourage when the President was assassinated in Dallas, TX. He is the author of a number of books, including, Arrogant Armies: Great Military Disasters and the Generals Behind Them (2008), A Bohemian Brigade: The Civil War Correspondents Mostly Rough, Sometimes Ready (2000), The New Politics: The Expanding Technology of Political Manipulation, (1968), and Barry Goldwater: A New Look at a Presidential Candidate, National Observer, (1964). In 1997 ...
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What Does It Take To Moderate A Successful Presidential Debate?
NPR - 6 months
Veteran newsman Jim Lehrer has moderated 12 presidential debates. He tells NPR's Rachel Martin that successful moderation takes careful listening, not "nifty questions."
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What Does It Take To Moderate A Successful Presidential Debate?
NPR - 6 months
Veteran newsman Jim Lehrer has moderated 12 presidential debates. He tells NPR's Rachel Martin that successful moderation takes careful listening, not "nifty questions."
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Jim Lehrer laments campaign "coarseness"
CNN - 10 months
Former "PBS NewsHour" anchor and debate moderator Jim Lehrer shares his impressions of this election season.
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CNBC's Debate Dud and Other Worthy News Fripperies
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Suggested Variety Headline: "CNBC Debate Dud" -- but for some of the candidates, the NBC business channel's inept handling of the October presidential debate was a plus. Texas Senator Ted Cruz got big audience re-enforcement when he slapped back at the three panelists. Jersey Chris slammed the need to discuss the urgent presidential issue of Fantasy Football which was actually a question about government regulation. This panel's lead-up chatter to the debate should have been a clue. The very first rule of all group TV conversations: DO NOT TALK OVER EACH OTHER! Carl Quintanilla, Betsy Quick and John Harwood may have thought it was all quite stimulating but their cross-talk comes out of tv speakers as delphic jibber-jabber. Then came the friction-seeking, ratings-boosting questions followed by innocuous post-debate analysis. The critical question now is: What impact will these duffers have on this weeks GOP debate? You may have heard several ideas following the CNBC exchange incl ...
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The Night the Candidates Were Speechless
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The convergence of Tuesday night's broadcast interruption during the first game of the World Series -- caused by an electronics failure and power outage -- and Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate brings to mind one of the most memorable TV snafus in history: the 27-minute loss of audio during the first presidential debate between incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford and Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter. I was there in Philadelphia that night, September 23, 1976, working as the publicist for what then was called The MacNeil/Lehrer Report, now the PBS Newshour (in those days, I also was the publicist for Bill Moyers Journal). Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer were broadcasting special coverage of the debate from the studio of Philadelphia's public television station WHYY ("Wider Horizons for You and Yours"), a space that was the original home of Dick Clark and American Bandstand during the fifties and early sixties. I shuttled back and forth between the station and ...
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A fateful decision that might have saved JFK's life
CBS News - over 3 years
Newsman Jim Lehrer recalls how a Secret Service agent ordered the removal of the bubble top from the presidential limo because the sky was clear
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'PBS NewsHour' has lost 48 percent of its audience in last 8 years (David Zurawik/Baltimore Sun)
Mediagazer - over 3 years
David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun: ‘PBS NewsHour’ has lost 48 percent of its audience in last 8 years  —  By David Zurawik  —  Eight years ago this month, I did an interview with then anchor Jim Lehrer in connection with the 30th anniversary of the “PBS NewsHour.”  —  It was a laudatory piece, as I had long shared Lehrer's values about journalism and democracy.
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Jim Lehrer's JFK novel 'Top Down' lacks impact
Yahoo News - over 3 years
"Top Down: A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination" (Random House), by Jim Lehrer
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Jim Lehrer’s New Play, ‘Bell,’ Is Opening in Washington
NYTimes - over 3 years
Jim Lehrer’s first play in two decades, “Bell,” a one-man show about Alexander Graham Bell, opens in Washington on Thursday.     
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Judy Woodruff, Gwen Ifill Named 'PBS NewsHour' Co-Anchors
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill were named co-anchors and managing editors of "PBS NewsHour" on Tuesday, becoming the first female co-anchors of an evening newscast. PBS announced the news at the Television Critics Association Press Tour. Woodruff and Ifill will anchor together Monday through Thursday, according to a statement from the network. Woodruff will anchor the Friday night newscast, which will be followed by Ifill anchoring "Washington Week." Woodruff and Ifill were previously senior correspondents for the newscast. Since Jim Lehrer retired in 2011, the two have been taking turns co-hosting with other senior correspondents. Their new roles will begin in September. Ifill spoke to the New York Times about the milestone, saying that when she was younger, she saw "no women" and "o people of color" on programs like "NewsHour." “I’m very keen about the fact that a little girl now, watching the news, when they see me and Judy sitting side by side, it will occur to t ...
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Robert E. Murphy: Dear Newshour: A Royal Birth Is Not a Lead Story
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It is one thing for the New York Post or Daily News or any number of tabloid-TV programs to wax giddy about the birth of an English boy who, several decades from now, may be crowned his country's "king." But it is quite another matter for the PBS Newshour, often described as an oasis of serious, probing television journalism, to lead its evening broadcast with the announcement that this historically irrelevant person had been born that day. It rah-ther annoys me. I feel sort of betrayed by a news organization that I much admire and depend on almost nightly for a review and thoughtful discussion of meaningful events and issues. If Mr. Jim Lehrer were no longer with us, I might be tempted to invoke the cliché that he is turning in his grave. He has, after all, during fundraising weeks, appeared on local PBS outlets and presented an admirable list of principles that form his journalistic creed, the last of these items being, "I am not in the entertainment business." But Lehre ...
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New Gingrich Objects To RNC Autopsy, Wants To Retain Current Soul-Destroying Number Of Debates
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
As you may have heard, the recent "autopsy" report furnished by the Republican National Committee in the wake of losing the 2012 presidential election focused on more than just policy and politics. It also entertained making substantial reforms to process. Among the suggestions were the idea of pushing the Republican National Convention to an earlier date on the campaign calendar, altering the primary process to make it more compact and swift, and limiting the number of primary-season debates after they swelled to unprecedented bloat during the pre-nomination season of 2012. Romney campaign strategist Stuart Stevens heard the news about limiting the debates and said (I am paraphrasing), "Yea, verily, there is wisdom here, sing out!" I largely agreed with his assessment that the prospect of having between 20 and 40 candidate debates between May 2015 and March 2016 would likely be an extinction-level event for the nation. What the debate over debates was lacking, however, was ...
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Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam: National Service Not Military Service
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A debate has erupted over the past year or so regarding reinstating the military draft. Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY) has introduced a bill for this purpose. Proponents of the reinstatement include Thomas Ricks, a fellow at the Center for New American Security, and Lawrence Korb, a former assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration. Their primary arguments center on the points a draft would cause greater deliberation before entering a conflict, shorten the length of engagement due to public pressure, and provide relief to an all volunteer army during extended periods of combat. Opponents of the reinstatement include Melvin Laird, Secretary of Defense under President Nixon, and Elliot Feldman, a special project officer and consultant in the Defense Department in the Reagan administration. Their primary arguments center on the points that an all volunteer force is: highly professional and well trained, more cost effective than the alternative; and ...
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Tom Fox: How to get your organization through tough times of change
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Dr. Rodger Dean Duncan is a business consultant and author of " Change-friendly Leadership: How to Transform Good Intentions into Great Performance ." The book focuses on leadership, human performance and the strategic management of change. Duncan spoke with Tom Fox, who is a guest writer of the Washington Post's Federal Coach blog and vice president for leadership and innovation at the Partnership for Public Service. Fox also heads up the Partnership's Center for Government Leadership. Why it is so hard for leaders to manage change? I don't think people resist change per se, but they resist the stress that change causes. Many leaders are well intended, but they don't know how to manage the stress. Anywhere from 70 to 80 percent of change initiatives fail to accomplish the strategic objectives that were stated upfront. It's not because the people aren't smart, and it's not because they don't have change processes in place. What leaders often fail to do is to accommodate ...
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Emmett Rensin: A Mirror, Darkly
Huffington Post - about 4 years
By now, everybody on the Internet has viewed, re-viewed, re-blogged and gleefully mocked Alex Jones' Karl Rove-dwarfing meltdown on Piers Morgan last week. Everybody on the Internet, as it turns out, includes former FOX News superstar and BlazeTV founder Glenn Beck. I subscribe to a lot of conservative newsfeeds on Facebook: Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, Bachmann, Ryan, even "Proud To Be An American" -- a deceptively neutral-sounding front for the Independent Journal Review and its cohort of geriatric commenters whose ability to log into Facebook at all is a testament to Mark Zuckerberg's coding wizardry. Usually, these subscriptions get me little more than a steady supply of Reagan nostalgia, targeted advertising from the Tea Party Express, American flags, and the occasional flame war. But in the wake of the Jones Incident, I noticed something unusual: Beck had seen the clip and oh boy was he upset. He was livid. With his usual brand of penetrating insight, Beck saw the wh ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jim Lehrer
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 77
    Lehrer hosted the first United States presidential election debate for the 2012 U.S. presidential general election.
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  • 2011
    Age 76
    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 73
    He originally had sworn off moderating any debates after 2008, but the Commission on Presidential Debates persisted, and he accepted, interested in a new format.
    More Details Hide Details The debate was held at the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado and covered domestic policy issues. Coming out of semi-retirement to moderate his 12th presidential debate, Lehrer came under criticism by some on social media and in the press for his lack of control and open-ended questions. Conversely, he was also praised for letting the candidates have some control in the debate in their own terms. Lehrer is an avid bus enthusiast and hobbyist. His father was a bus driver, who also briefly operated a bus company. As a college student in the 1950s, Lehrer himself worked as a Trailways ticket agent in Victoria, Texas. He is a collector of bus memorabilia—including depot signs, driver caps, and antique toy buses, and is a supporter of the Pacific Bus Museum in Williams, California, and the Museum of Bus Transportation in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
    Nicknamed the "Dean of Moderators" by CNN's Bernard Shaw, Lehrer has moderated 12 presidential candidate debates, including the first presidential debate between senators Barack Obama and John McCain on September 26, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Lehrer has been involved in several debate-related projects, including the Debating Our Destiny documentaries in 2000 and 2008. The documentaries feature excerpts of Lehrer's exclusive interviews with most of the presidential and vice presidential candidates since 1976.
    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 69
    And, in 2004, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Journalism degree by McDaniel College.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1983
    Age 48
    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.
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  • 1975
    Age 40
    In October 1975, Lehrer became the Washington correspondent for the "Robert MacNeil Report" on Thirteen/WNET New York.
    More Details Hide Details Two months later on December 1, Lehrer was promoted to co-anchor, and the program was accordingly renamed "The MacNeil/Lehrer Report".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1963
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He began his TV career at Dallas KERA-TV as executive director of public affairs, on-air host, and editor of a nightly news program. He then moved to PBS in Washington, DC, to become the public affairs coordinator, a member of Journalism Advisory Board, and a fellow at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Next, Lehrer 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 also covered the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment inquiry of Richard Nixon.
  • 1959
    Age 24
    In 1959 Lehrer began his career in journalism at The Dallas Morning News.
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  • 1956
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After graduation from college, Lehrer joined the United States Marine Corps 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1934
    Born
    Born on May 19, 1934.
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