Television newsman Jim Lehrer has presided over 12 presidential and vice-presidential debates and written about them in his 2011 memoir Tension City. Now, MacNeil/Lehrer Production has published Debating Our Destiny, a multimedia-enhanced ebook by University of Montana journalism professor Lee Banville on the history of presidential debates. The book includes video clips from Lehrer’s post-debate interviews with most of the candidates of the last 40 years.
Now Lehrer and Banville join Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a public conversation that provides insight into the presidential debate moments that have shaped history.
A native of Wichita, Kansas, and graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Lehrer is executive editor and former news anchor of the PBS NewsHour. He is the author of nearly two dozen novels and three memoirs. Banville is a NewsHour alum, having served as editor-in-chief on the Online Newshour.
Co-sponsored by UMKC College of Arts and Sciences Continuing Education.