(FOX NEWS) PBS NewsHour co-founder and longtime anchor Jim Lehrer died Thursday at age 85, the organization said in a press release.
Lehrer, who made a name for himself covering the 1973 Senate Watergate hearings on PBS, passed away in his sleep, the press release said. He and Robert MacNeil founded PBS NewsHour in 1975. Lehrer retired in 2011 after anchoring the network’s flagship news program for 36 years.
“With heavy hearts we report the death of PBS NewsHour co-founder Jim Lehrer at age 85. A giant in journalism, his tenacity and dedication to simply delivering the news remain the core of our work,” PBS NewsHour said on Twitter.
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