Jan 23, 2020 10:20 PM

Longtime PBS host, debate moderator Jim Lehrer dies at 85

Posted Jan 23, 2020 10:20 PM
Jim Lehrer at the 2007 Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas / <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Lehrer#/media/File:Jim_lehrer_2007.jpg">Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
Jim Lehrer at the 2007 Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas / Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0

By MARK KENNEDY and DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press

A longtime host of the nightly PBS "NewsHour" whose serious, sober demeanor made him the choice to moderate 11 presidential debates, has died. Jim Lehrer was 85.

He and longtime partner Robert MacNeil began nightly reports on PBS in 1975. The show featured detailed reports and discussions of politics, international relations, science, and even the arts.

MacNeil stepped down from the show in 1995. Tributes poured in from colleagues and watchers alike, including from Fox News' Bret Baier, who called Lehrer "an inspiration to a whole generation of political journalists — including this one."

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Calif. man cashed stolen tax refund checks in Kansas

KANSAS CITY (AP) —A man was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison with no parole for participating in a scheme to cash more than $447,000 in stolen tax refund checks.

Dante L. Chestnut, 31, of Ontario, California, pleaded guilty in July 2019 to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Chestnut admitted that he and others stole tax refund checks from the mail in April 2016.

They then used driver's licenses and other identification documents to cash the checks at Academy Bank branches in Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, and Colorado, prosecutors said.