Newsman Jim Lehrer Examines Presidential Debates From the Moderator's Viewpoint

For Immediate Release:
April 19, 2013
Contact: Lorenzo Butler
816.701.3669
Newsman Jim Lehrer Examines Presidential Debates From the Moderator's Viewpoint

Television newsman Jim Lehrer has presided over 11 presidential and vice-presidential debates.

Now Lehrer joins Crosby Kemper III, director of the Kansas City Public Library, for a public conversation about this and other debates on Monday, April 22, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Drawing from his memoir Tension City (about moderating the presidential debates), Lehrer will shed light on the critical turning points and rhetorical faux pas that have helped determine the outcome of America's presidential elections. In his conversation with Kemper, Lehrer will also discuss the "major moments" and "killer questions" that defined the debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Lehrer is executive editor and former news anchor of the PBS NewsHour. He is the author of nearly two dozen novels, including the One-Eyed Mack series, Viva Max!, White Widow, and The Franklin Affair, and the memoirs We Were Dreamers and A Bus of My Own.

The event is co-sponsored by the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences Continuing Education.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.