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National Book Festival

In October 1975, the half-hour "Robert MacNeil Report," with Jim Lehrer as the Washington correspondent, premiered on Thirteen/WNET New York. Over the next seven years, "The MacNeil/Lehrer Report" (as it was renamed in 1976) won more than 30 awards. In September 1983, Lehrer and MacNeil launched their most ambitious undertaking, "The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour." The 1995-96 season marked their 20th year together, as well as MacNeil's departure and Lehrer's stewardship of the program as "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." Lehrer left the show this past June. He is the author of "Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain" (Random House), among many other books.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Jim Lehrer

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