Robert MacNeil

One of the first issues Robert MacNeil covered for public television was the Senate Watergate Hearings in 1973 with Jim Lehrer – they produced live and uninterrupted footage of the hearings for 47 days and nights. The success of this coverage led to the creation of the Robert MacNeil Report on NET in 1975, which later became the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour in 1983. This was the country’s first full-hour evening news program. The program has won numerous awards, and in 1999 MacNeil was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. MacNeil retired from the NewsHour in 1995, but continued working with MacNeil/Lehrer Productions and has appeared on-air in various PBS segments, including reporting on the September 11th terrorist attacks and hosting America at a Crossroads.