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MPTV Brings Lehrer to Milwaukee

September 20, 2007

Jim Lehrer, executive editor and anchor of one of public television's most acclaimed programs, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, will participate in "Dinner and Conversation with Jim Lehrer" at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Friday, Oct 12, at 7 p.m. The visit is a fundraising event honoring Milwaukee Public Television's 50th anniversary.

Mike Gousha, a longtime anchor at WTMJ-TV and now Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy at Marquette University, will talk with Lehrer on stage about his 37-year news career, his new book, and many other topics.

Now celebrating its 30th year, The NewsHour provides in-depth analysis of current events, a news summary, live studio interviews, discussions, and both foreign and domestic on-site reports. The NewsHour is seen by approximately three million people every weeknight and remains one of the most respected sources of news on television.

Lehrer began his news career in Dallas as a newspaperman and moved to the city's public television station, KERA-TV, in 1970 as the anchor of the in-depth Newsroom program. He began working for PBS in 1973 and started the The MacNeil/Lehrer Report with Robert MacNeil in 1975.

The show was later renamed The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour in 1983, becoming the nation's first and only hour-long nightly broadcast of national news, proving both a need and a substantial audience for serious, long-form journalism. The award-winning program became The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer with Robert MacNeil's departure in 1995.

Lehrer's latest novel is "Eureka: A Novel." He is the author of 17 books as well as two memoirs and three plays. He and his novelist wife, Kate, have three daughters.

Reserved tables are available. For more information, call Marina Tanzer at 414-297-8026.