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Jim Lehrer

Remembering Jim Lehrer, PBS

"PBS NewsHour co-founder Jim Lehrer, a giant in journalism known for his tenacity and dedication to simply delivering the news, died peacefully in his sleep at home on Thursday, at the age of 85. For Jim, being a journalist was never a self-centered endeavor. He always told those who worked with him: "It's not about us." Night after night, Jim led by example that being yourself -- journalist, writer, family man, citizen -- can be a high calling. For 36 years, Jim began the nightly newscast with a simple phrase: "Good Evening, I'm Jim Lehrer."

Keith's note: I have been on PBS NewsHour 4 or 5 times. The way the stage is set in the DC studio is that Jim Lehrer has his side and all of the interviews were done on the opposite side. One time, after I finished doing my interview with Ray Suarez, a voice asked me to walk around to Lehrer's side. The voice making the request was very familiar. Lehrer looked over at me, smiled, and said "Well done Mr. Cowing". I was told later that this was quite the compliment - sort of like Johnny Carson inviting new comedians to come over and sit in the guest chair. I was totally stunned.


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