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The NewsHour's 30th Anniversary
On October 20, 1975, the Robert MacNeil Report went on the air for the first time. The program, which would evolve into the MacNeil/Lehrer Report and later the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, would go on to cover the nation and the world with its own distinctive brand of journalism.
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Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil

Aired Oct. 20, 2005
MacNeil, Lehrer Reflect on 30 Years

Robert MacNeil joins Jim Lehrer to mark the 30th anniversary of their program and to discuss the journalism the two have practiced and the The NEWSHOUR with Jim Lehrerevolution of television news since the program went on the air in 1975 as the Robert MacNeil Report.

As a way to mark its 30th anniversary, the NewsHour revisited some of the communities and people it reported on in the past three decades to see how their lives and worlds have changed.

Aired Oct. 31, 2005
After the Fall of a Soldier
The NewsHour returns to the town of Dwight, Neb. more than 20 years after it buried a Marine killed in Beirut.

THEN

International Attack Sparks Small Town Tragedy - Aired
Nov. 7, 1983



Aired Oct. 27, 2005
Town Struggles Amid Steel Industry Crisis
A West Virginia community continues to work through the pressures caused by a struggling steel industry.

THEN

Steel Industry, Town Face New Crisis - Aired March 16, 1999
A Year After the Buyout, Workers Worry - Aired Sept. 26, 1984
Steelworkers Weigh Buyout - Aired Sept. 23, 1983


Aired Oct. 26, 2005
Immigration Impacts Towns North and South of Border
For those whose families entered the U.S. illegally, life in America presents challenges and opportunities.

THEN

Family, Cultural Ties Illegal Immigrants to Home Country - Aired May 18, 1993


Aired Oct. 25, 2005
Autaugaville in the Wake of NAFTA
Paul Solman returns to the broom factory in Autaugaville, Ala. to see how free trade has impacted the town.

THEN

The Winners and Losers in NAFTA - Aired Nov. 2, 1993


Aired Oct. 24, 2005
The Resurrection of Silicon Valley
Spencer Michels reports on the roller coaster economics that have marked the the dot com world.

THEN

Job Losses Continue in Dot Com World - Aired May 4, 2001
The Dot Com Bubble Bursts - Aired July 7, 2000
The Growth of the Microchip Industry - Aired Jan. 1, 1993

PREVIOUS MILESTONES

Aired Oct. 20, 1995
MacNeil Departs the NewsHour
The NewsHour honors Robert MacNeil on his last night as co-anchor of the program.

Aired Oct. 20, 2000
NewsHour Marks 25 Years
On the 25th anniversary of the program, MacNeil and Lehrer discussed the state of the program and journalism.

30th Anniversary Press Release Download PDF
TIMELINE

1973


Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer team up to anchor PBS' Emmy-winning coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings.

1975

The Robert MacNeil Report is launched with Lehrer as Washington correspondent. A year later the program's title is changed to The MacNeil/Lehrer Report.

1983

The program expands to one hour, the first one-hour nightly newscast.

1984

Roger Rosenblatt becomes the first NewsHour essayist.

1988

David Gergen and Mark Shields provide weekly political analysis, launching a Friday night institution.

1991

MacNeil and Lehrer are named Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

1992

In partnership with NBC, The NewsHour provides gavel-to-gavel political convention coverage.

1993

Senior Correspondent Margaret Warner joins The NewsHour.

1995

MacNeil leaves the broadcast to pursue other projects. The program becomes The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

1996

The program's Web component, Online NewsHour, is launched.

1998

The Media and Health reporting units are created.

1999


Gwen Ifill and Ray Suarez join the NewsHour as senior correspondents.
Jim Lehrer is presented the National Humanities Medal by President Clinton.


2001

MacNeil returns to help report on the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

2003

The Science Reporting Unit is created.

2004

Lehrer is selected to moderate his 10th presidential debate. Ifill is selected to moderate the vice presidential debate.

2005


Jeffrey Brown is named a senior correspondent.
The NewsHour begins podcasting.