Best of the Book Nook: The Special Prisoner, by Jim Lehrer (A Memorial Tribute)


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When President Richard M. Nixon resigned from office he did so after millions of Americans had watched the Watergate hearings being broadcast from our US Congress on television. I was one of the viewers of that captivating, historic coverage. A number of journalists were able to use that exposure to a larger audience as a springboard to long, illustrious careers. One of those reporters was a young Jim Lehrer, he who went on to have a remarkable, distinguished career with PBS as the host of The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. It didn't seem like a coincidence to me that while I was watching the Donald Trump impeachment proceedings recently on PBS a Republican senator was being interviewed and at the end of it he expressed his condolences to PBS on the death of Jim Lehrer. Jim had died that very morning and this was how I first became aware of his death, by hearing about it on PBS. That knowledge sent me straight into the Book Nook archives to locate my 2000 interview with Jim Lehrer. He had

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