Oral History

Jim Lehrer

An Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, best known for the long-running PBS NewsHour program and for moderating twelve presidential debates (1988-2012), Lehrer was a reporter with the Dallas Times Herald in 1963. Assigned to Dallas Love Field, he witnessed the Secret Service remove the bubbletop from the presidential limousine shortly before the Dallas motorcade. Following the assassination, he covered Dallas police headquarters. A prolific novelist later in life, Lehrer authored Top Down: A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination (2013). Recorded November 1, 2013.

Mr. Lehrer passed away on January 23, 2020.