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Robert MacNeil's career in journalism spans over 40 years from his start at the Reuters News Agency in London, his entrance into television at NBC in 1960, through to his collaboration with Jim Lehrer on PBS's award-winning "The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour," the nation's first full hour of evening news. He retired from daily journalism in 1995 and turned to writing books including "The Story of English" (1986), an international best-seller co-authored with Williams Cran and Robert McCrum; two volumes of a memoir: "Wordstruck" (1989) and "Looking for My Country: Finding Myself in America" (2003), and his most recent book, "Do You Speak American?" (Doubleday, 2005), the follow-up to his award-winning documentary, "The Story of English." Mr. MacNeil lives in New York.

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Robert MacNeil