Jim Lehrer To Return To NewsHour Tomorrow

By Alissa Krinsky 

First on TVNewser: PBS’ Jim Lehrer will be back on-air at The NewsHour tomorrow for the first time since his heart valve procedure in late April, a PBS spokesperson tells TVNewser.

“Lehrer plans to anchor the broadcast two or three days a week for awhile as he moves toward a full time schedule,” according to a forthcoming press release.

He is also set to lead PBS’ coverage of the Democratic and Republican national conventions later this summer.

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JIM LEHRER RETURNS TO ANCHOR THE NEWSHOUR ON PBS THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2008

Lehrer absent following a heart valve procedure in late April

Jim Lehrer returns to anchor The NewsHour, tomorrow, Thursday, June 26, for the first time since undergoing a successful heart valve procedure in late April. Lehrer plans to anchor the broadcast two or three days a week for awhile as he moves toward a full time schedule.

Beyond resuming his anchor duties at The NewsHour, Lehrer will head up PBS’ live, primetime, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Democratic and Republican national conventions this summer. NewsHour senior correspondents Gwen Ifill, Ray Suarez, Margaret Warner and Judy Woodruff will join Lehrer in reporting the convention events and developments from Denver (Democratic National Convention; August 25 to 28) and St. Paul (Republican National Convention; September 1 to 4).

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer is seen five nights a week on more than 315 PBS stations across the country (check local listings) and is also available online, via XM and public radio in select markets and via podcast. The program is produced by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, in association with WETA, Washington, DC and Thirteen/WNET in New York. Corporate funding for The NewsHour is provided by Chevron, and Pacific Life, along with major funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.

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