In the Studio: Jim Lehrer tapes Overheard 11/16

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Jim Lehrer on November 16 at 3:00 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 2:30 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Jim Lehrer is well-known to PBS fans as the Executive Editor and longtime anchor of the PBS NewsHour, successor to the long-running MacNeil/Lehrer Report. But in addition to his career as an award-winning journalist, he can add presidential debate moderator, novelist, playwright and now author of the new book Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain. After starting his career as a print reporter in Dallas, Lehrer worked for that city’s PBS station before moving to Washington, DC. With Robert MacNeil, he led continuous live coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings, winning an Emmy for their work and launching a long partnership. Lehrer’s new book takes us inside the eleven presidential debates he has moderated during the last six presidential elections, sharing his experience as “the man in middle seat.” Tension City also describes the interviews Lehrer has conducted with candidates over the past 20 years about their debate experiences. Join us for a conversation with the “Dean of Moderators.” Our in-studio audience will have an opportunity for Q&A with the guest following the interview.

Overheard with Evan Smith is now in its second season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS stations from California to Florida. We hope you’ll be there for the second season of this exciting program. Overheard airs on KLRU at 7 p.m. Thursdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Episodes are also available online at