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Subject: Former PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer ...


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Dies at 85
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Date Posted: Thursday, January 23, 02:56:10pm
In reply to: THR Obit & PHOTO 's message, "Jim Lehrer, Respected Anchorman for PBS, Dies at 85. ..." on Thursday, January 23, 10:32:15am


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https://theweek.com/speedreads/891238/longtime-pbs-anchor-jim-lehrer-dies-85

Jim Lehrer, the longtime anchor of PBS NewsHour who moderated more presidential debates than anyone else, has died at 85.

Judy Woodruff, managing editor of PBS NewsHour, said in a press release that the beloved journalist died "peacefully in his sleep at home" on Thursday.

"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," Woodruff said. "I've looked up to him as the standard for fair, probing and thoughtful journalism and I know countless others who feel the same way."

PBS President Paula Kerger said the network is "deeply saddened" by Lehrer's death, noting that he "exemplified excellence in journalism throughout his extraordinary career." Lehrer served as PBS anchor for 36 years, founding PBS NewsHour with Robert MacNeil. He also moderated 12 presidential debates, which PBS notes in its press release is the most of anyone in U.S. history, and wrote numerous novels, memoirs, and plays.

Journalists paid tribute to Leher on Thursday, with CNN's Jake Tapper remembering him as a "wonderful man and superb journalist," Fox News' Bret Baier calling him "one of the best debate moderators and an inspiration to a whole generation of political journalists including this one," and The Washington Post's Robert Costa writing, "I will miss him, particularly the love of country and politics he brought to everything he did." -Brendan Morrow

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I'm confused, the 2 previous threads were not there when I posted mine and I did a very thorough search beforehand. (NT)If I had seen the others I wouldn't have bothered.Thursday, January 23, 03:25:16pm


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