CET to Host Breakfast Benefit with Executive Editor and Anchor of PBS NewsHour

CINCINNATI – Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor and Anchor for PBS NewsHour, will visit CET’s studios on Monday, June 14 at 7:30 a.m. for a benefit breakfast that is open to the general public.

Lehrer, who is an award-winning journalist and author of 19 novels, will discuss his most recent work, Super. The story brings together a famous cast of characters, all of whom are journeying from Chicago to Los Angeles aboard the Super Chief train in the spring of 1956. Three bizarre deaths onboard have the passengers looking for answers until the train pulls into its final destination.


Lehrer will also share stories and experiences from his international travels and discuss his career as a renowned journalist, novelist and playwright.


Copies of Lehrer’s book will be available for purchase at the event for $20. Following breakfast and his presentation, Lehrer will hold a meet and greet session with guests and sign copies of his book.


Tickets are still available and are $25 each, which includes breakfast. To purchase tickets, contact Sylvia Richard, CET Associate Director of Membership, at 513-345-6582.


Proceeds from the breakfast support CET’s award-winning programs and services.

About Jim Lehrer
Born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1934, Jim Lehrer received an A.A. degree from Victoria College and a B.J. in 1956 from the University of Missouri. From 1959 to 1966, he was a reporter for The Dallas Morning News and then the Dallas Times-Herald.


Lehrer’s newspaper career led him to public television, first in Dallas, as KERA-TV’s executive director of public affairs. He subsequently moved to Washington, DC, to serve as the public affairs coordinator for PBS, and was also a member of PBS’s Journalism Advisory Board. Lehrer went on to join the National Public Affairs Center for Television (NPACT) as a correspondent.


It was Lehrer’s work with NPACT that led to his initial association with Robert MacNeil and, ultimately, to their long-term partnership. In 1973, they teamed up to provide NPACT’s continuous live coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings and coverage of the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment inquiry of Richard Nixon. In October 1975, the half-hour “Robert MacNeil Report,” with Jim Lehrer as the Washington correspondent, premiered on Thirteen/WNET New York. Over the next seven years, “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report” (as it was renamed in 1976) won more than 30 awards for journalistic excellence. In September 1983, Lehrer and MacNeil launched their most ambitious undertaking, “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.” The 1995-96 season marked the 20th year of their journalistic odyssey, as well as MacNeil’s departure and Lehrer’s stewardship of “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.”


In 2009, the program title changed to “PBS NewsHour” to reflect the program’s expanded role as the hub of news and public affairs programming on PBS both online and on air. Lehrer has been honored with numerous awards for journalism. In the last six presidential elections, Lehrer has served as a moderator for eleven of the nationally televised debates among the candidates.


Lehrer is the author of 19 novels, two memoirs and three plays. “Oh Johnny,” was published in April 2009. “Mack to the Rescue,” published in April 2008 is the 7th in his successful series of novels featuring a fictional lieutenant governor of Oklahoma. “Eureka,” published in October 2007 is an endearing portrait of American middle age. “The Phony Marine,” published in November 2006, explores questions of character and heroism. “The Franklin Affair,” published in April 2005, explores the world of historians and the quest for truth and justice. “No Certain Rest,” published in August 2002, wrestles with a Civil War mystery. Other novels include “The Special Prisoner,” “White Widow,” “Purple Dots” and “The Last Debate.” The plays are “Chili Queen,” “Church Key Charlie Blue” and “The Will and Bart Show.” The memoirs are “We Were Dreamers” and “A Bus of My Own.”


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