Jim Lehrer of the ‘MacNeil-Lehrer Report’ Dies at 85

The broadcast journalist and frequent moderator of presidential debates died “peacefully in his sleep,” according to PBS.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Lehrer, co-host and later host of the nightly PBS “NewsHour” that for decades offered a thoughtful take on current events, has died, PBS said. He was 85. Lehner died “peacefully in his sleep,” according to PBS. He had suffered a heart attack in 1983 and more recently, had undergone heart valve surgery in April 2008. For Lehrer, and for his friend and longtime partner Robert MacNeil, broadcast journalism was a…

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