Jim Lehrer Biography (1934-)

Full name, James Charles Lehrer; born May 10, 1934, in Wichita, KS; son of Harry Frederick (a bus station manager) and Lois Catherine (a bank clerk; maiden name, Chapman) Lehrer; married Kate Staples (a writer), June 4, 1960; children: Jamie, Lucy, Amanda.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Writer, news anchor
Birth Details
May 10, 1934
Wichita, Kansas, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Anchor (with Robert MacNeil), The Robert MacNeil Report, PBS, 1975
  • Anchor (with MacNeil), The MacNeil/Lehrer Report (also known as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and The Robert MacNeil Report, with JimLehrer), PBS, 1975-1983
  • Moderator, U.S. Chronicle, PBS, 1980
  • Anchor (with MacNeil), The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, PBS, 1983-1996
  • Host (with others), The Heart of the Dragon, PBS, 1985
  • Nova, PBS, 1993
  • Anchor, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, PBS, 1996-?
  • Television Work
  • Producer; Series
  • The Heart of the Dragon, PBS, 1985
  • Associate Editor; Series
  • The MacNeil/Lehrer Report (also known as The NewsHour with JimLehrer and The Robert MacNeil Report, with Jim Lehrer), PBS, 1975-1983
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Campaign: The Last World, PBS, 1988
  • Fifteen Years of MacNeil/Lehrer, PBS, 1990
  • Moderator, The Democratic Presidential Candidate Debate, PBS, 1992
  • Host of the specials Debating Our Destiny: Forty Years of PresidentialDebates and My Heart, Your Heart, PBS; also moderator of severalother presidential and vice presidential candidate debates, including broadcasts in 1992, 1996, 1998, and 2000.
  • Television Work
  • Producer; Specials
  • Producer of the special My Heart, Your Heart, PBS.
  • Associate Editor; Specials
  • Fifteen Years of MacNeil/Lehrer, PBS, 1990
  • WRITINGS
  • Stage Plays
  • As James Lehrer
  • Cedar Chest (two-act), produced at New Stage Theatre, Jackson, MS,1986
  • Chili Queen (two-act), Hartley House Theatre, New York City, 1986and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC.
  • Silversides Thruliner (two-act), New Stage Theatre, 1986
  • Church Key Charlie Blue, New Stage Theatre, 1988
  • The Will and Bart Show, 1992
  • Novels
  • (As James Lehrer) Viva Max!, Duell, Sloan, and Pierce, 1966
  • Kick the Can, Putnam (New York City), 1988
  • Crown Oklahoma, Putnam, 1989
  • The Sooner Spy, Putnam, 1990
  • Lost and Found, Putnam, 1991
  • Short List, Putnam, 1992
  • Blue Hearts: A Novel, Random House (New York City), 1993
  • Fine Lines, Random House, 1994
  • The Last Debate, Random House, 1995
  • The Master Operator, Random House, 1996
  • White Widow, Random House, 1997
  • Purple Dots, Random House, 1998
  • The Special Prisoner, Random House, 2000
  • Also the author of No Certain Rest.
  • Nonfiction
  • (As James Lehrer) We Were Dreamers (autobiography), Atheneum (NewYork City), 1975
  • A Bus of My Own, Putnam, 1992 published as A Bus of My Own: A Memoir (autobiography), New American Library (New York City), 1992
  • Author of "Politics: Dallas," a column in the Dallas Times Herald.

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • The film Viva Max!, released by Commonwealth United in 1969, was based on Lehrer's novel. The television movie The Last Debate, Showtime, 2000, was based on his novel.
OTHER SOURCES
    Periodicals
    • Broadcasting and Cable, September 11, 2000, p. 44
    • New York Times, February 7, 1988
    • Publishers Weekly, December 30, 1996, p. 39
    • Texas Monthly, October, 1995, p. 58; March, 2000, p. 28
    Electronic
    • Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, http://www. mmys.tv/whatwedo/halloffame/macneil-lehrer, October 8, 2001

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