Robert MacNeil (born January 19, 1931) is a television news anchor and journalist who paired with Jim Lehrer to create The MacNeil/Lehrer Report in 1976.
Born in Montreal and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, MacNeil graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa in 1955. MacNeil began working in the news field at ITV in London, then for Reuters and then for NBC as a correspondent in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Beginning in 1967, MacNeil also covered American and European politics for the BBC.
MacNeil rose to fame during his coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings for PBS, which led to an Emmy Award. This helped lead to his most famous news role, where he worked with Jim Lehrer to create The Robert MacNeil Report with Jim Lehrer in 1975. This was later renamed The MacNeil/Lehrer Report and then The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. MacNeil left the show in 1995.
MacNeil has also written several books, many about his career as a journalist, but, since his retirement from NewsHour, MacNeil has also dabbled in writing fiction novels. His books include:
Burden of Desire
Eudora Welty: Seeing Black and White
Looking for My Country: Finding Myself in America
The People Machine: The Influence of Television on American Politics
The Right Place at the Right Time
The Way We Were: 1963, The Year Kennedy Was Shot
Wordstruck: A Memoir