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Jim Lehrer Memorial Fund


Thank you for honoring the life and work of PBS NewsHour co-founder and longtime anchor, Jim Lehrer.

Jim Lehrer was a giant in journalism and served as anchor of several iterations of the NewsHour for 36 years before retiring in 2011. Lehrer and Robert MacNeil founded the program in 1975, after coming together to cover the 1973 Senate Watergate Hearings on PBS. Jim was one of America’s most distinguished journalists and a true champion of excellence in reporting. He set the gold standard for broadcast journalism and devoted his life to a vital public service — keeping Americans informed and thereby strengthening our civil society. Through his extraordinary insight, integrity, balance and discipline, Jim earned the trust of the American people, and with your support, his legacy and example will live on at PBS NewsHour.

The Jim Lehrer Memorial Fund continues Jim’s legacy at PBS NewsHour. Each year the fund will sponsor Jim Lehrer Fellows — aspiring journalists pursuing careers in journalism. Fellowships will be awarded to individuals who enhance the diversity of the NewsHour staff or to those in financial need. The fellows, who are mentored by the PBS NewsHour team, gain invaluable hands-on experience. The fellowship program also offers the public broadcasting system a pipeline of promising new talent.

To make a gift by check, make your check payable to PBS NewsHour and note “Jim Lehrer Memorial Fund” on the memo line and mail to:


    PBS NewsHour

    Attn: Alyson Brokenshire

    3939 Campbell Ave

    Arlington, VA 22206


To make a gift through a donor advised fund, please select the Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (WETA) with a note that your gift is designated to PBS NewsHour. WETA's Federal Tax ID is 53-0242992. For more information on the Jim Lehrer Memorial Fund, please call 703-998-2693.

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