Jim Lehrer, who teamed with Robert MacNeil in 1975 to launch “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report” on PBS, died today. He was 85.

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The Wichita native worked at the Dallas Morning News and Dallas Times Herald before moving to public station KERA-TV in the city.

In 1973, he shifted to PBS in Washington, where he covered the Watergate hearings with MacNeil.

The MacNeil/Lehrer Report evolved into “The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour” in 1983 after it becomes TV’s first hour-long news program.

Following the retirement of MacNeil in 1995, Lehrer hosted “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.”

He stepped down from what is now called “PBS NewsHour” in 2011 and was succeeded by Judy Woodruff.

Lehrer, who was a Marine Corps. veteran moderated a dozen presidential debates.