After three decades of hosting or co-hosting public television’s flagship news program, Jim Lehrer has given up the anchor chair. Friday was his last day as the host of the PBS NewsHour. He’ll still make regular appearances on the program, (to moderate the Friday news discussions with Mark Shields and David Brooks for instance) but colleagues such as Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff and Ray Suarez will take turns hosting for now. To mark this occasion, we repackaged a 2005 interview Bob did with Lehrer and his former co-host Robert MacNeil when their program celebrated its 30th anniversary.
Here is a look back at Jim Lehrer’s 52 years in journalism.
Here is Robert MacNeil on Lehrer’s “stealth” exit from the anchor chair.