Jim Lehrer will step away from his regular anchor role on PBS NewsHour effective June 6, the latest in the evolution of the pubcaster’s signature news show that began broadcasting in 1975. Lehrer has been anchoring or co-anchoring the newscast for 36 years; he will still appear many Fridays to moderate the weekly analysis segment with Mark Shields and David Brooks, and he will remain involved in the editorial direction of the newscast as part of the program’s producer MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. In December 2009, the show changed its name from The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer and added senior correspondents Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff, Jeffrey Brown, Ray Suarez and Margaret Warner to the anchor rotation. That team will continue on, minus Lehrer. “I have been laboring in the glories of daily journalism for 52 years … 36 of them here at the Newshour and its earlier incarnations … and there comes a time to step aside from the daily process, and that time has arrived,” said Lehrer, who has moderated 11 presidential debates and has interviewed every U.S. president since Gerald Ford.
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