Kate Lehrer Bio-Wiki, Age, Family, Husband, Husband’s Death, and Net Worth

Who is Kate Lehrer?

Kate Lehrer (born: Kate Tom Staples )is an American novelist and book reviewer from Washington, D.C. Kate also serves as a panelist on the Diane Rehm Book Club on National Public Radio. She is the wife of fellow writer and Journalist Jim Lehrer to whom she was married until his death in January 2020.

Kate has written four novels and also numerous short stories, essays, and book reviews. Her first novel, Best Intentions, was published in 1987. In 1993, When They Took Away the Man in the Moon was published. She published Out of Eden in 1996. The novel won the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Novel. In 2004, confessions of a Bigamist: A Novel was published. The novel was described by the Washington Post as whimsical and droll

For her work, Kate received a Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Novel (1996) and an Honorary Doctor of Letters, McDaniel College (2004) Best Intentions, was published in 1987.

A photo of Kate Lehrer and her late husband Jim Lehrer
A photo of Kate Lehrer and her late husband Jim Lehrer

Her writing style is described as intelligent and mannered by the Publishers Weekly. The Washington Post also characterizes her work as fitting into “the burgeoning category of chick-lit.” She was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by McDaniel College in 2004.

How Old is Kate Lehrer?

Kate has kept her personal life very private and this has made it hard to know her age and date of birth. She was born as Kate Tom Staples in Waco, Texas, US.

Kate Lehrer Family

Kate was born as the only child of Thomas Malcolm Staples, a county extension agent, and Lucy Joplin, a social worker. She then went ahead attending Texas Christian University. At the university, she was also Texas Christian University.

Kate Lehrer Husband

Kate was married to the news anchor for the PBS NewsHour on PBS, Jim Lehrer. The couple tied the knot in 1960 and were married until Lehrer’s death in January 2020.


Kate and her husband have three daughters together, Jamie, Lucy, and Amanda . They also have six grandchildren.

Jim Lehrer’s Death

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

Kate Lehrer Net Worth

Lehrer’s net worth is not yet disclosed but it is still under review.