CPB Statement on the Death of Jim Lehrer

Jan 23, 2020

(WASHINGTON--January 23, 2020) – The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), released the following statement regarding the death of Jim Lehrer:

“The Corporation for Public Broadcasting mourns the passing of public media pioneer and icon, Jim Lehrer, who spent 36 years anchoring 'PBS NewsHour,' shaping it into a program that continues to be the gold standard for journalistic excellence,” said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of CPB. “Through his straight-forward reporting-style, Jim helped public broadcasting earn its reputation as the most trusted institution in America.”

Lehrer’s television career began in 1970 at KERA-TV, the public television station in Dallas, Texas. After stints as a Public Affairs Coordinator at PBS and a Fellow at CPB, Lehrer became the Washington Correspondent for the "Robert MacNeil Report" at WNET in New York. Subsequently, he and MacNeil launched 'The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour,' which was later renamed 'The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,' and then 'PBS NewsHour' in 2009. Lehrer retired in 2011.

“Jim’s extraordinary contributions to public television, his consummate professionalism, and his dedication to integrity in journalism will never be forgotten,” stated Bruce Ramer, CPB Board Chairman. “It was an honor to present him with CPB’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Austin in 2011. His warmth and friendship are already missed. We offer our sincerest condolences to Kate and their family.”  

Jim Lehrer
Jim Lehrer gave the keynote address when Senator David Pryor received CPB's Lifetime Achievement Award in November 2019. From left, CPB Board Vice Chair Patricia Cahill, Jim Lehrer, Barbara Pryor, David Pryor, CPB President and CEO Pat Harrison, and CPB Board Chair Bruce Ramer. Lehrer himself received CPB's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.  


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