Longtime PBS anchor Jim Lehrer dies at 85

Jim Lehrer is being remembered as a giant in the journalism world.

Jim Lehrer, the longtime PBS anchor who moderated more presidential debates than anyone else, has died at 85.

PBS announced Lehrer’s death Thursday, saying he died peacefully at home.

Lehrer served as a PBS anchor for 36 years, founding PBS NewsHour with Robert MacNeil. He also moderated 12 presidential debates, the most of anyone in U.S. history, and wrote numerous novels, memoirs, and plays.

“A true giant in news and public affairs, he leaves behind an incredible legacy that serves as an inspiration to us all,” PBS p[resident Paula Kerger said Thursday. “He will be missed.”

Reporters paid tribute to Lehrer, with CNN’s Jake Tapper remembering him as a “wonderful man and superb journalist.”

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