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Today in Media History: Watergate helped create the PBS NewsHour

The history of the PBS NewsHour can be traced back to the Watergate hearings.

Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer covered the 1973 hearings for PBS. In 1975 MacNeil began anchoring The Robert MacNeil Report which soon evolved into the 30-minute MacNeil/Lehrer Report.

On January 5, 1976, PBS began distributing the program nationally.

It expanded to an hour in 1983 and was renamed the NewsHour With Jim Lehrer when MacNeil retired in 1995. The name changed to the PBS NewsHour in 2009.

Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff became the co-anchors and managing editors of the program in 2013.

The following video looks back at the first 35 years of the PBS NewsHour.

“In 1973, one of journalism’s great partnerships was born when Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer teamed up to cover the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaigns, formed to investigate Watergate. The, then, unprecedented live, gavel-to-gavel coverage of Senate hearings earned the two journalists the first of what would be many Emmy awards.

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from Poynter. http://ift.tt/1wbb0bv

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