Jim Lehrer named recipient of the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Award

April 4, 2011 at 12:00 AM EST

PBS NEWSHOUR is proud to announce that Jim Lehrer has been named this year’s recipient of the National Press Club’s prestigious Fourth Estate Award for career achievement.  Citing Lehrer’s ability to remain “the true voice of reason, balance and fairness,” “amid the cacophony of a sometimes shrill media landscape,” Club President Mark Hamrick said Lehrer was chosen for the award, because he “has embodied the time-tested core values of journalism dating back to when many people had only black and white screens and continuing through today’s era of high definition television and social media.”

Indeed, it is not only Lehrer’s tenacious commitment to journalistic principles that have made him a success, it is his vision.

“Two years ago, Jim Lehrer said he wanted us to redesign the broadcast and make our online component an integral part of the operation,” explained Linda Winslow, Executive Producer of the PBS NEWSHOUR. “He wanted something that would showcase the entire team of NewsHour reporters and the kind of journalism we produce. As this award season attests, we’re definitely making headway on realizing Jim’s vision.”

The Fourth Estate Award is the latest in a series of high profile awards the PBS NEWSHOUR has received, including: the NATAS Chairman’s Award at the News & Documentary Emmy’s, USC Annenberg’s Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, the AHCJ Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, and awards from the Education Writers Association.  
             
PBS NEWSHOUR is seen five nights a week on more than 315 PBS stations across the country and is also available online, via public radio in select markets and via podcast. The program is produced by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, in association with WETA Washington, DC, and THIRTEEN in New York. Major corporate funding for The NewsHour is provided by Chevron and Intel, with additional support from the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.