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Press and Politicos Gather for Opinion Awards


*Photos by ImageLink for The Week.

The Week hosted its 8th annual Opinion Awards at the W Hotel last night.  Held to celebrate the year’s top opinion writers, the event boasted a potent dose of press and political power.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory emceed the event honoring The Week‘s Cartoonist of the Year Tom Toles of WaPo, WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan who won Columnist of the Year, and Blogger of the Year John Sides, the voice behind TheMonkeyCage.org.  Mixing with The Week’s winners were guests like Sen. Lindsey Graham, Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” WaPo‘s Roxanne RobertsDebbie Dingell, Diane Danner, WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, Grover Norquist, Gene Robinson, Terry McAuliffe, Robin and Austan Goolsbee and Margaret Carlson.  Representing The Week were EIC Bill Falk, Publisher Steven Kotok and Jessica Sibley.

But the evening’s most interesting “guest” may have been His Excellency Minister Plenipotentiary for Artistic Endeavors for the Embassy of the Bahamas – you remember good old Nelson Lewis, right?  The 26-year-old Fox News and “Laura Ingraham Show” alum who was exposed late last year for impersonating a Bahamian diplomat, Rolling Stone writer and Rep. Jack Kingston, somehow managed to make his way into a picture with Roxanne Roberts and John Sides (check it out in the slide show above).  Organizers confirmed that His Excellency was not on the guest list and therefore did not attend the dinner. But that didn’t stop him from mingling on the rooftop terrace after the event.  One guest recalls hearing Lewis tell another party-goer that he works for PBS. Perhaps he’s taking over Newshour for Jim Lehrer?

Lehrer Steps Down from PBS Newshour

After 36 years, Jim Lehrer is stepping down from his regular anchor role on the daily public television newscast known now a PBS Newshour.  The announcement was made to staff this morning.  Effective June 6, Lehrer will no longer be part of the regular daily anchor rotation  team, but he will still moderate the weekly analysis of Shields and Brooks; syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks.  Lehrer says he will also remain involved in the editorial direction of the PBS Newshour and the program’s producer, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.

In a statement today, Jim Lehrer said, “I have been laboring in the glories of daily journalism for 52 years…36 of them here at the Newshour and its earlier incarnations…and there comes a time to step aside from the daily process, and that time has arrived.”

Senior Correspondents Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff, Jeffrey Brown, Ray Suarez and Margaret Warner will continue hosting the PBS Newshour on a rotating basis after Lehrer’s departure.

Lehrer Wins 2011 Fourth Estate Award

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PBS Newshour’s Jim Lehrer has been named the winner of this year’s Fourth Estate Award for career achievement by the National Press Club.  Regarding their selection, Club President Mark Hamrick said, “Jim Lehrer has embodied the time-tested core values of journalism dating back to when many people had only black and white screens and continuing through today’s era of high definition television and social media. Amid the cacophony of a sometimes shrill media landscape, he has remained the true voice of reason, balance and fairness.”

Previous winners of the Fourth Estate Award include Walter Cronkite, Christiane Amanpour, David Brinkley and David Broder. Lehrer will be presented with his award at a gala dinner later this year.  Congratulations to Jim!

Morning Surprise: Gridiron Welcomes Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea will attend this Saturday’s Gridiron dinner as the guests of Vanity Fair‘s Todd Purdum. The Gridiron Show includes a parody of “Livin’ on a Prayer,” which prompted in invitation, explained USA TODAY Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, who is the club’s president this year.

Page reports that the dinner is sold-out with more than 650 guests. Among other notables: Hollywood director James Brooks. Chicago mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel. TV anchors Katie Couric, Jim Lehrer and Diane Sawyer. Plus Christiane Amanpour and Wolf Blitzer. The Republican speaker is Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Democratic speaker is HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

POTUS will offer the evening’s closing remarks.

PBS NewsHour to Join Sirius XM’s P.O.T.U.S. Channel

Sirius XM Radio will broadcast PBS NewsHour, the nightly one-hour news show hosted by veteran journalist Jim Lehrer, weeknights at 6 p.m. ET beginning February 7 on P.O.T.U.S.

P.O.T.U.S bills itself as the “non-partisan” 24/7 news channel dedicated to the “Politics of the United States.”

Lehrer will discuss the new venture with Joe Mathieu, P.O.T.U.S.’ program director and host of the daily show The Press Pool. In the interview Lehrer  will offer thoughts on the state of the news industry, the crisis in Egypt and the 2012 presidential election—including, says a  release, why he’s not interested in moderating another presidential debate. Mathieu’s interview with Lehrer will air on The Press Pool on February 7 beginning at 12 p.m. ET.

PBS NewsHour Producer Named President of MacNeil Lehrer Productions

Simon Marks, associate executive producer of the PBS NewsHour, has been named president of MacNeil Lehrer Productions effective September 1, 2010. Marks will take the position of current MLP President Lester Crystal, who recently announced his retirement.

MacNeil Lehrer Productions, a partnership of Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer and Liberty Media produces the PBS NewsHour, and other broadcast and digital journalism.

Newseum Doubleheader Weekend: Jim Lehrer & “Finding Chandra”

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Rain killing your weekend plans? Why not check out the Newseum’s “Inside Media” doubleheader…

On Saturday, May 22, 2:30 p.m., the Newseum program will feature PBS Newshour’s Jim Lehrer. Then on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., check out “Finding Chandra” authors and Washington Post reporters Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz.

For more info on Saturday, click here. Sunday, click here.

Kafanov Eyed as Producer for Russia Today

Lucy Kafanov (a FishbowlDC hottie) spotted as an on-air analyst and producer for Russia Today. Before January she was at PBS’s “Newshour” with Jim Lehrer.

Here we see the host tries to out Kafanov as a Democrat. But she says she’s an “equal cynic”.

Public Broadcasting Day at WH: PBS & NPR Snag Separate Interviews

On Thursday, the First Family will escape to Hawaii for the holidays…but not before a few more interviews.

This afternoon at 1.45pm, POTUS will interview with NPR’s Julie Rovner followed 30 minutes later by PBS Jim Lehrer at 2.15pm.

“NewsHour” Gets a Make-Over

“PBS Newshour” will debut next Monday with a name change, a rotating co-anchor and a new reporter- Hari Sreenivasan, formerly of CBS News. WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz notes it will be the first time since Gerald Ford was President that Jim Lehrer‘s name- “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”- will not be on the newscast.

Lehrer will remain the executive editor of the program and he’ll be joined at the anchor desk by PBS correspondents Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff and Jeffrey Brown. Ifill will co-anchor next Monday, NYT notes.

The revamped “NewsHour” website debuts Thursday with new blogs and video. “NewsHour” has also joined Facebook and Twitter, though Lehrer still “scoffs at the notion of tweeting,” Kurtz reports.

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