Jim Lehrer to retire as regular anchor

76-year-old journalist has been with PBS's "NewsHour" for 35 years


Associated Press
May 12, 2011 10:41PM (UTC)

Jim Lehrer says he's retiring as a regular anchor of PBS' "NewsHour" broadcast after 35 years.

After 52 years in journalism, Lehrer said Thursday that "there comes a time to step aside from the daily process, and that day has arrived." His exit will take place the week of June 6.

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Lehrer's 77th birthday is next week. He said he will still appear many Fridays to moderate a weekly analysis feature with columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks.

The "NewsHour" has prepared for his retirement by setting up a two-person anchor team with rotating personalities. Lehrer has generally taken Mondays and Tuesdays off the past year.

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