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Jim Lehrer and KERA’s Lee Cullum

Journalism icon Jim Lehrer was a cherished part of our public broadcasting community who held a special connection to North Texas.

In 1970, Lehrer helped change the news landscape as executive producer and editor of KERA’s pioneering public affairs program, Newsroom. His early success with KERA led him to host numerous national news programs, including The MacNeil/Lehrer Report and The NewsHour. He also moderated 12 presidential candidate debates.

The Jim Lehrer Roundtable honors Jim’s proud legacy in the world of journalism and recognizes donors who generously give an annual gift of $10,000.

Please join The Jim Lehrer Roundtable or renew your support today! Contact Nancy Saustad, Vice President of Major Gifts, for more information regarding your membership, giving-level benefits and tour opportunities.

Giving Level and Benefits


  • Personal major donor liaison.
  • At least two exclusive Jim Lehrer Roundtable events featuring national and local producers, personalities and reporters
  • Two special mailings with gifts selected by KERA Senior Staff
  • Recognition online and in the KERA/KXT print newsletter
  • Unlimited attendance to exclusive KERA/KXT event invitations.
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of KERA/KXT studios
  • KERA Member Rewards Card — receives savings at performances, restaurants and other venues across North Texas
  • KERA Passport — extended, on-demand access to hundreds of hours of your favorite public television programs


While we are unable to meet in person, we want to continue to connect virtually. Please see below for information about upcoming events. 

▸ Virtual Event with Stella Chavez and Pati Jinich on Thursday, October 21 at 5:30pm

This virtual event will feature Stella Chavez, KERA Immigration and Demographics Reporter, in conversation with Pati Jinich, James Beard Award-winning Mexican Chef and Emmy Award-nominated TV Host. A special thank you to Yesenia Lopez, Business Owner of Yes Yes Tamales, for their partnership.

To reserve your spot, please register HERE.

▸ Virtual Estate Planning Workshop with Barkley T. Miller and Cynde Horns on Thursday, October 21 at 3pm

October 18-22 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week. To celebrate, KERA is offering a virtual event to help with your own estate planning questions. The virtual event will feature Barkley T. Miller, Dallas Estates & Trusts Attorney, in conversation with Cynde Horne, KERA Director of Planned Giving.

To reserve your spot, please register HERE.

▸ In-Person Event with Chris Connelly and David Brancaccio on Monday, November 1 at 5:30pm

This in-person private reception will feature Chris Connelly, KERA One Crisis Away Reporter, in conversation with David Brancaccio, Marketplace Morning Report Host and Senior Editor.

In order to maintain safety for all guests, KERA will be following CDC guidelines at this event. We are closely monitoring COVID in our region and will be in touch closer to the event date with more details, necessary changes, etc.

To reserve your spot, please register HERE.


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Lydia and Bill Addy*
Ms. Courtney Alperin
Jennifer and Peter Altabef*
Lisa and Mike Anderson*
Suzanne S. Bartolucci
Connie Beck
Better Together Fund
Lucy and Henry Billingsley*
Ruth L. Bison*
Ms. Kate Blackburn
Kay and Michael Booth
Allison and Chris Bovard
Diane and Hal Brierley*
Diane Brown and Don Leverty*
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen W. Butt
Kay and Elliot Cattarulla*
Brent E. Christopher
Communities Foundation of Texas*
Mary McDermott Cook
Mrs. Mary Anne Cree
Glen Davison and Deborah McMurray
Nancy M. Dedman
Marinda and David Diesslin
Gwen and Leldon Echols*
The Enrico Family
Ruth and Bret Farrar
Amy and Lee Fikes
Jenifer and Peter Flynn
Chuck Funai*
Kyle and Jimmy Galbraith
Kim Sanders George and Gil George*
Carol and Don Glendenning / Locke Lord
The Honorable Deborah Hankinson
Rev. Dr.Lyssa Jenkens and Ms. Trish Houck
Nina Hutton
Lisa and Peter Kraus
Suzanne and Robert Kriscunas
Mrs. Rachel J. Ledbetter
Carol and John Levy*
Kathy and Tim Litinas
Linda Ambeya-Lloyd and Geoff Lloyd

Jill B. Louis, Esq.
Dr. Peter Louis
Rev. Katherine Glaze Lyle
Jessica and Carl Malcolm
March Family Foundation
Nancy Cain Marcus
Gail and Gil Marmol
Holly and Tom Mayer
Suzanne and Patrick McGee*
Mac McGinnis*
Dinah and Scott Miller
Janet and John Mockovciak
Marie A. Moore and Ronald N. Moore
Harry S. Moss Foundation
Kate and Keith Newman
Ann and Ken Newman
Alice and Erle Nye
Dana and David Porter
Greenlight Credentials – Eric and Katherine Reeves
Holly and Jason Ridings*
Deedie Rose
Dr. Randall and Barbara Rosenblatt
Annadele H. Ross*
Lizzie and Dan Routman
Lewis and Janet Shaw
Sammons Enterprises Inc.*
Sogand Shoja
Nancy P. Shutt
Nancy and Jim Skochdopole
Stemmons Foundation*
Dr. Ann Stuart*
Rosalie Taubman
Texas Women’s Foundation*
Amy S. Titus
Transglobal Technologies
Ketaki and Hemant Vankawala
Natalie and Mark Weimer
Donna Wilhelm*
Carol Wolfinbarger and Jim Miller
Trea and Richard Yip

Listings current as of November 12, 2020.

*Indicates membership in The President’s Circle, with an annual gift of $25,000 or more.

Contact Us

Have questions? Let’s connect! We would love to speak with you.

Contact: Nancy Saustad, Chief Philanthropy Officer, (214) 740-9346

Major Gifts Department
North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc.
3000 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75201

North Texas Public Broadcasting is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization registered in the state of Texas. Your contribution may be fully tax deductible.