Victoria College, the Museum of the Coastal Bend and the Victoria College Foundation paid tribute to one of its distinguished alumnus – James Lehrer on April 2. Mr. Lehrer was here to open the new outdoor exhibit – The Journey - Victoria College Through the Ages.
Lehrer reminisced about his time as a Victoria College student and his employment at Continental Trailways bus station during his “All Aboard” Stormont presentation at the Leo J. Welder Center that evening.
While a student, he also served as the editor of Victoria College’s newspaper – The Jolly Roger where he acknowledged that it helped him craft his reporting skills. He was the main reporter and stories usually had a quick turnaround to meet deadlines.
To help with expenses while attending college, Mr. Lehrer worked at the local bus station. He would announce the bus calls. He saw people from all walks of life traveling to and from various locations, giving him a glimpse at the world. After receiving his associate degree from VC, Mr. Lehrer attended the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri where he received his bachelor’s degree. Following college, he served in the United State Marine Corp.
After stints working for the Dallas Morning News and The Dallas Time Herald, he transferred to television at a local station. He moved to PBS where worked for 36 years as an anchor, including the PBS News Hour. He was also a debate moderator for twelve U. S. Presidential Election campaigns.
In his honor, a plaque recognizing his tenure at the Trailways bus station site during the 1950s was dedicated with the wording:
In Recognition ofJAMES "JIM" LEHRERNationally acclaimed Journalist and AuthorAlumnus of Victoria College, 1954andDispatcher at the Trailways bus StationLocated on this Site in the 1950's"ALL ABOARD!"
Photo caption: Jim Lehrer during his "All Aboard" presentation at the Leo J. Welder Center on April 2.