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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Literati Award

Jim LehrerThe Literati Award honors individuals who have used the written word to advance the ideals of creativity, conviction, innovation and scholarship and who have had a significant impact on culture and the community through their work. This award was created by the Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon in 2010 and was established in honor of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the organization to celebrate the power of the written word and to recognize significant achievements in creativity.

The 2019 Literati Award recipient is journalist and author, Jim Lehrer.

Lehrer is the former Executive Editor and a former News Anchor for the PBS NewsHour on PBS, and is known for his role as a Debate Moderator in U.S. Presidential Election campaigns. He is an author of numerous fiction and non-fiction books that draw upon his experience as a newsman, along with his interests in history and politics.

Past Recipients

Jim Hart ’69 (2010)

Laura Bush ’68 (2011)

Marsh Terry ’53, ’54 (2012)

Lee Cullum ’61 (2013)

Kay Bailey Hutchison (2014)

Willard Spiegelman (2015)

Darwin Payne ’68 (2016)

Rena Pederson (2017)

Skip Hollandsworth (2018)