Jim Lehrer Bio, Wiki, Age, Wife (Kate Lehrer), Children, Net Worth, Salary, PBS and Death

Jim Lehrer Bio, Wiki

Jim Lehrer was an American journalist and novelist who was the executive editor and a news anchor for the PBS NewsHour on PBS, known for his role as a debate moderator during U.S. presidential election campaigns.

Lehrer authored numerous fiction and non-fiction books that drew upon his experience as a newsman, along with his interests in history and politics.

Jim Lehrer Education

Lehrer 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 then 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, he joined the United States Marine Corps for three years as an infantry officer and attributed 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.

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Jim Lehrer Career

Lehrer began his career in journalism in 1959 at The Dallas Morning News in Texas. He later worked as a Reporter for the Dallas Times-Herald, where he covered the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. There, Lehrer was a Political Columnist for several years, and in 1968 he became the City Editor.

He started 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. Lehrer 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).

Lehrer worked as a Correspondent for the National Public Affairs Center for Television (NPACT) where he met Robert MacNeil. In 1973, Jim and Robert MacNeil covered the Senate Watergate hearings and the revelation of the Watergate Tapes broadcast, live on PBS. He covered the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment inquiry of President Richard Nixon.

Lehrer became the Washington Correspondent for the “Robert MacNeil Report” on Thirteen/WNET New York in October 1975. On December 1, 1975, Lehrer was promoted to co-anchor, and the program was accordingly renamed “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report”.

In September 1983, Lehrer and Robert MacNeil relaunched their show as The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, which was renamed The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, following McNeil’s departure in 1995. In 2009, the program was renamed the PBS NewsHour.

In April 2008, Jim Lehrer underwent a heart valve surgery, allowing Ray Suarez to anchor in his stead until Lehrer’s return on June 26, 2008.

He stepped down as anchor of the PBS NewsHour on June 6, 2011 but continued to moderate the Friday news analysis segments and be involved with the show’s production company, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.

Throughout his career, Lehrer received several awards and honors including several Emmys; a William Allen White Foundation Award for Journalistic Merit; the George Foster Peabody Broadcast Award; and the University of Missouri School of Journalism’s Medal of Honor. In 2004, Lehrer was awarded an honorary Doctor of Journalism degree by McDaniel College.

Jim Lehrer Age

Lehrer was born as James Charles Lehrer on May 19, 1934, in Wichita, Kansas, United States. At the time of his death on January 23, 2020, he was 85 years old.

Jim Lehrer Family

Lehrer was the son of Lois Catherine (née Chapman), a bank clerk; and Harry Frederick Lehrer, a bus station manager. His father was a bus driver, who briefly operated a bus company.

Jim Lehrer Wife

Lehrer was married to an American writer, novelist and book reviewer, Kate Lehrer, from 1960 till the time of his death in 2020. The couple had three daughters and six grandchildren.

His wife, Kate Lehrer, is a panelist on the Diane Rehm Book Club on National Public Radio. She has written four novels, as well as numerous short stories, essays, and book reviews.

Jim Lehrer Net Worth

Lehrer had an estimated net worth of $48 Million at the time of his death on January 23, 2020.

Jim Lehrer Books

Lehrer was a prolific writer and written numerous novels, as well as several plays, screenplays, and three personal memoirs. Lehrer’s book, Top Down, is a novel based on the events surrounding the Kennedy assassination. His last play, Bell, was produced by the National Geographic Society as part of their 125th-anniversary celebration.

Jim Lehrer Death

Lehrer died at his home in Seattle on January 23, 2020. According to PBS, Lehner died “peacefully in his sleep.”

PBS tweeted, “It is with great sadness that we share the news that co-founder and anchor of @NewsHour Jim Lehrer has passed away.”

In a tribute, PBS’s Anne Azzi Davenport and Jeffrey Brown described Lehrer as an “anchor of several iterations of the ‘NewsHour'” who “reported the news with a clear sense of purpose and integrity, even as the world of media changed around him.”

Katie Couric, who’s worked for news broadcasts on ABC, CBS and NBC, paid tribute to Lehrer on Twitter.  “Jim Lehrer was a legendary journalist and anchor. May he rest in peace.❤️,” she tweeted.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Twitted “Our nation has lost a champion for truth and transparency.”