Jim Lehrer Bio-Wiki, Age, Cause of Death, Wife, PBS, Books, and Net Worth

Who is Jim Lehrer?

Jim Lehrer (full name: James Charles Lehrer) was an American journalist, news anchor, and novelist born in Wichita, Kansas, the U.S. He served as the executive editor and a news anchor for the PBS NewsHour on PBS.

Lehrer is best known for his role as a debate moderator during U.S. presidential election campaigns. He has also written numerous fiction and non-fiction books. The books drew upon his experience as a newsman, along with his interests in history and politics.

Lehrer began his journalism career at The Dallas Morning News in Texas. He later worked as a reporter for the Dallas Times-Herald. During his time with the newspaper, he covered the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. He also served as a political columnist for several years. In 1968, he became the city editor.

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

Jim Lehrer Education

Lehrer attended middle school in Beaumont, Texas. He then graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio, where he was a sports editor for the Jefferson Declaration. Lehrer graduated from Victoria College with an associate’s degree. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri in 1956.

A photo of Jim Lehrer
A photo of Jim Lehrer

After he graduated from college, he later joined the United States Marine Corps for three years as an infantry officer. Lehrer dedicated his service and also travels to helping him look past himself. He also felt a connection to the world that he would not have otherwise experienced.

Jim Lehrer Age

Lehrer died on January 23, 2020, at the age of 85. He was born on May 19, 1934, in Wichita, Kansas, U.S.

Jim Lehrer Family

Lehrer was born to Lois Catherine (née Chapman), a bank clerk; and Harry Frederick Lehrer, a bus station manager. His father briefly operated a bus company.

Jim Lehrer Wife

Lehrer was married to Kate Lehrer who is also a novelist. The couple was married for six decades. Jim and Kate have three daughters together, Jamie, Lucy, and Amanda and also six grandchildren.

Jim Lehrer KERA-TV

Lehrer started off his television career at KERA-TV in Dallas, Texas, as the Executive Director of Public Affairs, an on-air host, and also editor of a nightly news program.

Jim Lehrer PBS

Lehrer later moved to PBS in Washington, D.C., to become the Public Affairs Coordinator. He also became a member of the Journalism Advisory Board and a Fellow at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Lehrer then worked as a correspondent for the National Public Affairs Center for Television (NPACT), where he met Robert MacNeil.

MacNeil and Lehrer covered the Senate Watergate hearings and the revelation of the Watergate Tapes broadcast, live on PBS in 1973. Lehrer also covered the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment inquiry of President Richard Nixon.

He then became the Washington correspondent for the “Robert MacNeil Report” on Thirteen/WNET New York in October 1975. On December 1, 1975, which was two months later, Lehrer was promoted to co-anchor, and the program was accordingly renamed “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report”. The Lehrer and MacNeil duo relaunched their show as The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. The show was later renamed to The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer after McNeil left in 1995. It was then renamed to PBS NewsHour in 2009.

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

Jim Lehrer Books

  • Kick the Can
  • Crown Oklahoma
  • The Sooner Spy
  • Lost and Found
  • Short List
  • Fine Lines
  • Blue Hearts
  • Purple Dots
  • Viva Max!
  • The Last Debate
  • White Widow
  • The Special Prisoner
  • No Certain Rest
  • Flying Crows: A Nove
  • The Franklin Affair
  • The Phony Marine
  • Eureka
  • Oh, Johnny
  • Super
  • Top-Down: A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination.

Jim Lehrer Death – Cause of Death

Lehrer died on 23rd 2020 at his home in Washington, D.C. aged 85. No cause of death has been specified.

Jim Lehrer Salary

Throughout his career, Lehrer has earned greatly, However his salary is not yet disclosed.

Jim Lehrer Net Worth

Through his journalism career, Lehrer has gained a great fortune to his name. However, his net worth is still under review.