Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer first teamed up to cover the United States Senate Watergate hearings for PBS in 1973, which led to an Emmy Award win. This recognition led to the 1975 creation of The Robert MacNeil Report, a half-hour local news program for New York City PBS member station WNET.
A few months later on December 1, 1975, the program was renamed The MacNeil/Lehrer Report and began to be broadcast on PBS stations nationwide. On September 5, 1983, the program was extended to an hour in length and became known as The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.
On October 20, 1995, MacNeil retired as co-anchor of the program, with Lehrer becoming the program’s solo anchor; the program was accordingly renamed The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. (Wikipedia)
Above: MacNeil and Lehrer posed beside a pinball machine, why we don’t know.