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Jim Lehrer

Jim Lehrer (born May 19, 1934 in Wichita, Kansas) is the news anchor for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. He attended middle school in Beaumont, Texas, and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio, Texas, where he was one of the three sports editors at the Jefferson Declaration. He graduated from Victoria College in Texas and the University of Missouri.

After three years in the US Marine Corps, he began his news career in Dallas, first as a newspaperman, and then later as the anchor on a local news show. Lehrer started work with PBS in 1972, and in 1975 started The MacNeil/Lehrer Report with Robert MacNeil. The show was later renamed The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, and in its most recent incarnation is known as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

In 1999 Lehrer was awarded the presidential National Humanities Medal.

Nicknamed the "Dean of Moderators" [1] by CNN's Bernard Shaw, Lehrer has been the moderator for ten debates among candidates vying for President of the United States of America. Most recently he moderated the first presidential debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry on September 30, 2004.

He is married to the novelist Kate Lehrer , and has three children and six grandchildren.


Written Works



Viva Max! (1970) writing credit with Elliott Baker


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

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Last updated: 05-15-2005 21:43:43