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Jim Lehrer Retires From 'NewsHour' Anchor Desk After 36 Years

by PopEater Staff, posted May 12th 2011 11:05AM
Jim Lehrer announced on Thursday morning he's leaving the anchor desk of PBS' nightly 'NewsHour' program after a record 36 years at the helm, according to the show's blog and The Washington Post.

The 76-year-old journalist said June 6 would be his last day, but that he would continue returning to the show on Fridays to host a news panel. He is the longest-serving news anchor in TV history.

"I have been laboring in the glories of daily journalism for 52 years ... 36 of them here at the NewsHour and its earlier incarnations," he told his staff. "There comes a time to step aside from the daily process, and that time has arrived."

Lehrer teamed up with Robert MacNeil in 1975 to create 'The MacNeil/Lehrer Report,' a half-hour news program that eight years later became 'The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.' In 1995, MacNeil departed and it became Lehrer's show to run.

The title was shortened to 'PBS NewsHour' in 2009 when they added a multi-anchor format that included Jeffrey Brown, Gwen Ifill, Ray Suarez and Margaret Warner and Judy Woodruff.

PBS brass have had nothing but fine things to say about Lehrer, praising his leadership.

"I am grateful to Jim for the extraordinary contributions he's made to public television," said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. "Jim has built a talented team and we're very proud to be the home of PBS NEWSHOUR. As Jim begins the next chapter of his career, we are grateful for his ongoing leadership and his continued presence on Friday nights."

Aside from being out front at 'NewsHour,' Lehrer is also known to millions of Americans as a go-to moderator of presidential debates and the author of at least 20 novels and couple memoirs.

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It is an end to an Era in television. Oprah,Regis Philbin,Susan Lucci,Mary Hart,.Meredith Viera and now Jim Lehrer are leaving a very different Telvision landscape.

May 12 2011 at 10:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
General Kenobi

A shame... one of the last of the generation of newsmen who understood what it meant to report a story without cramming it full of your own bias. ALL modern journalists could learn a thing or two from people like Jim Lehrer and Bob Shieffer, et al. Certainly there's virtually no one up and coming who can claim the same level of outright impartiality when it comes to presenting the news. This brings us one big step closer to the end of our empire.

May 12 2011 at 11:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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