Jim Lehrer is an American journalist and a novelist.
Lehrer is the former executive editor and a former news anchor for the PBS NewsHour, and is known for his role as a debate moderator in U.S. presidential election campaigns.
In October 1975, Lehrer became the Washington correspondent for the Robert MacNeil Report on Thirteen/WNET New York. Two months later, he was promoted to co-anchor, and the program was accordingly renamed The MacNeil/Lehrer Report. In September 1983, Lehrer and MacNeil relaunched their show as The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour which, after MacNeil's departure in 1995, was renamed The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and in 2009 became the PBS NewsHour.