Jim Lehrer

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Jim Lehrer in 2000

James Charles "Jim" Lehrer (/ˈlɛərər/;[1]born May 19, 1934 – January 23, 2020) was an American journalist and novelist.

Life[change | change source]

Lehrer was born in Wichita, Kansas. He was the executive editor and a former news anchor for the PBS NewsHour on PBS. Lehrer was also known for his role as a debate moderator in U.S. presidential election campaigns. He was an author of a number of fiction and nonfiction books.[2]

From 1960 until his death, he was married to novelist Kate Staples. They had three children.

Lehrer died at his home in Washington, D.C. on January 23, 2020 from a heart attack at age 85.[3][4]

Awards[change | change source]

Lehrer has received two Emmy Awards, the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award and the George Foster Peabody Award.[5] He has received the William Allen White Foundation Award for Journalistic Merit and the University of Missouri School of Journalism's Honor Medal.[5] Lehrer was honored in 1999 with the National Humanities Medal. It was given by President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.[5] He has been inducted into the Television Hall of Fame and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[5] Lehrer has received honorary degrees from 42 universities and colleges.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Jim "Lehrer, Jim". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 4 July 2015. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  2. "Jim Lehrer Biography (1934-)". Film Reference. Advameg, Inc. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  3. McFadden, Robert D. (2020-01-23). "Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS News Anchor, Is Dead at 85". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  4. Davenport, Anne Azzi; Brown, Jeffrey (January 23, 2020). "Remembering Jim Lehrer". PBS NewsHour. PBS. Retrieved January 23, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 "Jim Lehrer". Washington Speakers Bureau. Archived from the original on 21 April 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015.