Jim Lehrer Biography


Jim Lehrer

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Birth Name: Jim Lehrer
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Birth Country: United States
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Age:   83 Years
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Jim Lehrer is a retired journalist from United States. He is best known for being the former executive editor for the PBS NewsHour on PBS. There he also worked as a news anchor. He is a talented novelist and his authored novels like Kick the Can, The Sooner Spy and many more. Jim Lehrer was born as James Charles Lehrer in the mid 1930s in Wichita, Kansas, United States of America to Lois Catherine (née Chapman) and Harry Frederick Lehrer. His mother was a bank clerk and his father was a bus station manager.

In 1960, Jim got married to love of his life Kate Lehrer. Kate Lehrer is a writer and novelist. She is also known for being a book reviewer. As a husband and wife, they have welcomed three lovely daughters. Jim has six grandchildren. His nationality is American and he is of white ethnicity.

Jim Lehrer was raised in Beaumont, Texas where he attended middle school. He received his high school graduation from Thomas Jefferson High School (San Antonio, TX). He also attended University of Missouri. He received his B.J. from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1956. After he earned a degree from there, he began serving in the United States Marine Corps. He began his journalism career at the end of 1950s. He joined The Dallas Morning News as a journalist in 1959. After that, he worked as a reporter for the Dallas Times-Herald. In 1963, he covered the news about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He worked there as a reporter till 1966 and then he served them as a political columnist for about two years before establishing himself as a city editor. At the end of 1960s, he began appearing at the TV program. He joined Dallas KERA-TV where he worked as an executive director of public affairs. He also served them as an on-air host, and editor of a nightly news program. At the end of 1975, he was hired by Thirteen/WNET New York as the Washington correspondent for the Robert MacNeil Report. He is now aged 82 years old. His net worth is unknown.

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Born in Wichita, Kansas, United States

1934 19th of May

Jim Lehrer was born as James Charles Lehrer in the mid 1930s in Wichita, Kansas, United States of America to Lois Catherine (née Chapman) and Harry Frederick Lehrer. His mother was a bank clerk and his father was a bus station manager.

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Graduated from University of Missouri

1956

He received his high school graduation from Thomas Jefferson High School (San Antonio, TX). He also attended University of Missouri. He completed his A.A. from Victoria College. He received his B.J. from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1956.

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Served in the United States Marine Corps

1956

After he earned his B.J. from the Missouri School of Journalism, he joined United States Marine Corps. He served in the United States Marine Corps for several years. There he experienced life which can’t be achieved elsewhere. 

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Began his journalism career

1959

After serving in the United States Marine Corps for about three years, he joined The Dallas Morning News as a journalist in 1959 and that was the beginning of his journalism career. After that, he worked as a reporter for the Dallas Times-Herald.

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Married to Kate Lehrer

1960

In 1960, Jim got married to love of his life Kate Lehrer. Kate Lehrer is a writer and novelist. She is also known for being a book reviewer. As a husband and wife, they have welcomed three lovely daughters. Jim has six grandchildren.

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Covered the news about the assassination of John F Kennedy

1963

In the early 1960s, he joined Dallas Times-Herald as a journalist. In 1963, he covered the news about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He worked there as a reporter till 1966 and then he served them as a political columnist for about two years.

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Worked at the PBS

1973

At the end of 1960s, he began appearing at the TV program. He joined Dallas KERA-TV where he worked as an executive director of public affairs. In 1973, he was seen at PBS where he covered the Senate Watergate hearings. 

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Joined Thirteen/WNET New York

1975 of October

At the end of 1975, he was hired by Thirteen/WNET New York as the Washington correspondent for the Robert MacNeil Report. On 1st of December, he was named the co-anchor of the show and the show was renamed as The MacNeil/Lehrer Report. 

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Launched the show The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour

1983 of September

He met an American journalist and an anchor, Robert MacNeil in the mid 1970s. Together, they anchored the show The MacNeil/Lehrer Report. At the end of 1983, they launched their own show. The show was renamed as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer in 1995. 

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His first novel Kick the Can

1988

He is a talented novelist and his authored novels like Kick the Can, The Sooner Spy and many more. His first novel Kick the Can was published in 1988. Next year, he published his second novel titled Crown Oklahoma. 

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Won Paul White Award

1990

In the early 1990s, he was honored with one of his first major award and that was Paul White Award. He received this honor from Radio Television Digital News Association. He has also been awarded with William Allen White Foundation Award for Journalistic Merit. 

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Won National Humanities Medal

1999

In 1999, he received several awards and honors. That year, he was awarded with the National Humanities Medal. That year, he also received an honor from National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle. 

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Step down as an anchor of PBS NewsHour

2011 6th of June

He is best known for being the former executive editor for the PBS NewsHour on PBS where he also worked as a news anchor. He quit this show on 6th of June 2011 after being in this show for about three decades. 

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