Lehrer to step down as ‘PBS NewsHour’ anchor

Washington Post
Jim Lehrer, 76, who has anchored “NewsHour” for 36 years, will leave the daily broadcast on June 6, but continue to appear on Fridays to moderate its weekly news analysis segment featuring a panel of journalists, reports Paul Farhi. He’ll also continue to be involved with the program’s producer, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. In January, Lehrer said his plan was “to drift away” from the newscast. He told David Zurawik that “I still hear the sirens, and as long as I hear the sirens, I’ll still be there to find out where the hell they’re going.”

Lehrer said in a 2005 interview [summary only] with Zurawik:

“Everybody’s saying, ‘Well, it’s the end of the anchorman era.’ But then there’s Brian Williams, who’s got about 10 million people watching him every night on NBC, so what the [expletive] is that all about? I’ve kept my powder dry on this. You’re the first who asked me about it directly. But I’ve been amused, because I just don’t get it.”

* Read the PBS release on Lehrer stepping down as regular anchor

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504633504 Dan Mitchell

    See, now, here is why I think we need to grow up and stop censoring swear words. I don’t know if Lehrer said “what the hell” or “what the fuck.” Especially in this case, the difference is a big one. Lehrer saying “what the fuck” would be noteworthy, and would alter the meaning, or at least the emphasis, of his message. Obviously we shouldn’t be gratuitous and childish about it, like certain alt-weeklies and Web sites. But this is just one of the many ways that newspapers infantilize their readers, driving them away.