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Dartmouth Commencement 2006

(Posted 06/11/06)

Honorary degree citation to Jim Lehrer (Doctor of Humane Letters)
Jim Lehrer
Jim Lehrer

Born in Kansas and educated in Texas, a Marine Corps veteran, for over thirty years you have been a symbol - and a practitioner - of journalistic integrity. In an age marked by instant news, the "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" is notably distinctive for presenting to its viewers the complexity, the ambiguity, and the different viewpoints and values that frame and influence the great issues of our time. From Watergate to the war in Iraq, your journalistic philosophy has always been straightforward: to provide the information needed for your viewers to make informed decisions.

Your reputation for fairness combined with toughness has resulted in your moderating ten nationally televised debates during five presidential campaigns - and you were the sole such moderator in the campaigns leading up to the 2000 and 2004 elections. In addition, you are an accomplished novelist, a career that has complemented your journalism. You have won numerous awards, including in 1999 the Presidential National Humanities Medal, two Emmys, and a George Foster Peabody Broadcast Award.

Today, Dartmouth recognizes your contributions to journalism as well as to the realm of letters generally through the granting of its degree Doctor of Letters.

- James Wright

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