Jim Lehrer (American journalist Died) Biography, Age, Wiki, Wife (Kate Lehrer), Cause of Death, Twitter

Jim Lehrer Biography – Wiki

James Charles was born on May 19, 1934 in Wichita, KS. James Charles Lehrer was an American journalist and novelist. Lehrer 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.

Jim Lehrer Age

He was 85 years old.

Jim Lehrer Personal life & Career

For six decades, Lehrer was married to Kate Lehrer, who is also a novelist. They had three daughters and six grandchildren. His father was a bus driver who briefly operated a bus company. Lehrer was an avid bus enthusiast, a hobbyist, and a collector of bus memorabilia, including depot signs, driver caps, and antique toy buses. As a college student in the 1950s, he worked as a Trailways ticket agent in Victoria, Texas. He also was a supporter of the Pacific Bus Museum in Williams, California, and the Museum of Bus Transportation in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Lehrer was a prolific writer and authored numerous novels, as well as several plays, screenplays, and three personal memoirs. His 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.

 

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In 1959, Lehrer began his career in journalism at The Dallas Morning News in Texas. Later, he worked as a reporter for the Dallas Times-Herald, where he covered the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. There, he was a political columnist for several years, and in 1968 he became the city editor.

Lehrer began 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. He 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).

Cause of Death

Jim Lehrer, the somber and thoughtful television news anchor who helped build “PBS NewsHour” into an authoritative yet accessible voice of public broadcasting, died Thursday.

Lehrer, the show’s co-founder, died “peacefully in his sleep at home,” Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour,” announced in a statement. “I’m heartbroken at the loss of someone who was central to my professional life, a mentor to me and someone whose friendship I’ve cherished for decades.”

The broadcaster died at his home in Washington, according to PBS, but no cause of death was specified. Lehrer had retired in 2011 after anchoring the show for 36 years. He also appeared 12 times as a presidential debate moderator.

Lehrer — who had suffered a heart attack in 1983 and in April 2008 underwent heart valve surgery — then began his gradual exit. He later told the Los Angeles Times that in 2009, he began making plans for his succession at the show. He retired two years later, bringing an end to the longest run of a national anchorman.

“It seemed like a natural time to go,” he told The Times.

He is survived by his wife, Kate; daughters Jamie, Lucy and Amanda; and six grandchildren.

 

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