PBS' Jim Lehrer Retiring as Regular Anchor

May 12, 2011 - 1:14 PM

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FILE - In a Sept. 26, 2008 file photo, moderator Jim Lehrer discusses the rules of the debate with the audience prior to the start of the presidential debate, at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. Lehrer said Thursday, May 12, 2011 that he is retiring as a regular anchor of PBS'

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Lehrer says he's retiring as a regular anchor of PBS' "NewsHour" broadcast after 35 years.

After 52 years in journalism, Lehrer said Thursday that "there comes a time to step aside from the daily process, and that day has arrived." His exit will take place the week of June 6.

Lehrer's 77th birthday is next week. He said he will still appear many Fridays to moderate a weekly analysis feature with columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks.

The "NewsHour" has prepared for his retirement by setting up a two-person anchor team with rotating personalities. Lehrer has generally taken Mondays and Tuesdays off the past year.

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