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Veteran PBS News Anchor, Jim Lehrer Dies At 85

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Jim Lehrer is dead at a ripe age of 85
DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 03: Debate moderator speaks prior to the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The first of four debates for the 2012 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by PBS’s and focuses on domestic issues: the economy, health care, and the role of government. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Jim Lehrer, the legendary debate moderator and former anchor of the “NewsHour” television program, died Thursday. He was 85.

Lehrer’s death was announced by his longtime network home, PBS, where he co-founded the “NewsHour” in 1975.
PBS said Lehrer died “peacefully in his sleep at home” and did not share further information about the cause of death.

Lehrer anchored the “NewsHour,” the flagship newscast on public television in the , for 36 years. He retired in 2011.

Jim Lehrer dies at 85
Jim Lehrer dies at 85

His successor at the anchor desk, Judy Woodruff, said in a statement 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. 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.”

Lehrer held the record for presidential debate moderating: He helmed 12 general election debates, “more than any other person in U.S. history,” PBS noted.

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