Jim Lehrer

Jim Lehrer

Journalist


Make sure that the life you lead matters to others, because if it does, it will matter to you. If you do things that matter, you will feel that you matter.

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
His dream growing up was to become a professional baseball player, but he was told in high school that he wasn’t good enough to play professionally.
Had always been a good writer, so he began writing about sports for the school paper—by the time he graduated, he was the co-editor.
His family didn’t have enough money to send him to a four-year state school or university, so they moved to Victoria, TX, where he attended the local community college, Victoria College.
After graduating from Victoria College, he applied to 37 universities—got accepted into the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri.
In 1956, was drafted into the Marine Corps as a second lieutenant during the Korean War—credits this experience with helping him feel a connection to world.
He has worked as a reporter and correspondent for The Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Times-Herald, and NPACT, but his big break came in 1975 when he reported on the Watergate scandal for PBS.
He is best known as being the anchor of PBS NewsHour—a position he held for over 30 years—and for being a prolific writer of several novels, plays, screenplays, and memoirs.
Admits he is one of the rare people who found his passion early in life and did exactly what he set out to do.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
associates
Associate's Degree
Victoria College
undergrad
Bachelor
Journalism
University of Missouri-Columbia
Career

Career

Journalist

I am a journalist and novelist best known as the former news anchor on PBS NewsHour and Presidential Debate Moderator.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Journalism
Journalism
Writing
Writing
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

When I was a news anchor, my day would consist of reading and researching news stories and working with our producers on that days reportable stories. There were also a lot of meetings with segment producers. And more reading and researching. I would always make time to work on my writing and whatever side project I was working on.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Write, write, write. You also have to be genuinely curious and passionate about what is going on in the world and want to share that with others. Be present and remember that there is always another side to the story.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Start writing for your school paper and reporting on different topics at school.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

certification
Associate's Degree
undergrad
Bachelor
Journalism
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You aren't good enough to be a baseball player, you should probably consider a different career. "

Unfortunately, I listened (and they were probably right). But, I knew I loved sports, so even if I couldn't play professionally, I could report and write about sports. That completely changed the course of my life and helped me find my true passion.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

I didn't have enough money to go to a 4-year university, so I went to a community college instead. Also, when I was just starting out in journalism I wasn't making a lot of money and was struggling to provide for my family.