Sad news out of the political media world today. PBS NewsHour anchor and co-founder Jim Lehrer has passed away. He was 85.
RIP Jim Lehrerhttps://t.co/WpnFXwTTr2
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) January 23, 2020
Longtime PBS NewsHour Anchor and Co-Founder Jim Lehrer Has Passed Away at 85 https://t.co/2p7RpnAkqZ
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 23, 2020
More from Judy Woodruff:
Washington, DC (January 23, 2020) — It is with great sadness that I share the news that co-founder and longtime anchor of the PBS NewsHour Jim Lehrer died today, Thursday, January 23, 2020, peacefully in his sleep at home. Lehrer, born May 19, 1934, served as anchor of the NewsHour for 36 years before retiring in 2011. Lehrer and Robert MacNeil founded the program in 1975, out of their 1973 coverage of the Senate Watergate Hearings on PBS.
“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,” said Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. “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.”
He is survived by his wife Kate; three daughters Jamie, Lucy, and Amanda; and six grandchildren.
May he rest in peace.
RIP. My dad always said he was the best dressed man on TV.
— STEVE (@steveandbubba) January 23, 2020
one of the last, great true newsmen.
— Justin Herbert's Stiff Arm (@DBike18) January 23, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to his loved ones.