Dec 27, 2019

Radio personality Don Imus dies at 79

Don Imus at the 2010 AFTRA AMEE Awards. Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for AFTRA

Famed radio personality, author and TV host Don Imus died Friday morning in Texas after being hospitalized since Christmas Eve, his publicist told Axios in a statement.

  • Imus spent nearly 50 years as a shock jock, hosting major political players like President Trump and former Sens. Joe Biden and John McCain and uttering controversial remarks and racial slurs.
  • Imus won four Marconi Awards, was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1989, and was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in America by Time magazine in 1997.

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Jim Lehrer dies at 85

Jim Lehrer speaks prior to the presidential debate at the University of Denver, Oct. 3, 2012. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

"PBS NewsHour" co-founder and longtime anchor Jim Lehrer died Thursday at 85, according to a statement from his colleague, Judy Woodruff.

Why it matters: Lehrer co-founded "NewsHour" in 1975, which he anchored for 36 years before retiring in 2011. He also moderated 12 presidential debates, more than any other person in American history. He received the National Humanities Medal from President Clinton in 1999 and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame that same year.

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Greta Thunberg: "I wouldn't have wasted my time" meeting with Trump

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16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg told BBC Radio 4 on Monday that she wouldn't have wasted her time meeting with President Trump at September's UN climate summit in New York.

"Honestly, I don’t think I would have said anything because obviously he’s not listening to scientists and experts, so why would he listen to me? ... So I probably wouldn’t have said anything. I wouldn’t have wasted my time."

The big picture: Thunberg's activism received praise and criticism across the globe in 2019, as she was named Time's Person of the Year but also faced Twitter criticism from Trump, who said she needs to "work on her Anger Management problem."

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