First PBS NewsHour anchor Robert MacNeil dies at 93

Robert MacNeil, the first anchor of what’s now known as PBS NewsHour, died Friday at the age of 93.

MacNeil died of natural causes according to his daughter Alison. He was at New York-Presbyterian Hospital at the time of his death.

The journalist started with his own PBS show, the Robert MacNeil Report on WNET-TV in 1975. In 1983 the program was re-branded as the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour, when the late Jim Lehrer joined as co-anchor.

FILE – This Feb. 1978 photo shows Robert MacNeil, executive editor of “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report”. MacNeil, who created the even-handed, no-frills PBS newscast “The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour” in the 1970s and co-anchored the show for with his late partner, Jim Lehrer, for two decades, died on Friday, April 12, 2024. He was 93. (AP Photo/FILE)

Two years into his first show, MacNeil won the
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