Peter Jennings

Birthday: Jul 29, 1938
Birthplace: Not Available
Over the course of four decades, broadcast journalist Peter Jennings achieved international fame and built an enduring reputation as chief anchor on the ABC Evening News (eventually retitled ABC World News Tonight). Born July 29, 1938, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Jennings had broadcasting in his blood: his father, Charles Jennings, served as the first radio announcer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation after its establishment in the mid-'30s, and Peter himself hosted a short-lived children's radio series called Peter's Program at nine years old. Jennings dropped out of high school as a teenager and held down a job as a bank teller for several years. Afterward, he picked up his father's reins and pursued a career as a radio broadcaster and then a television news correspondent. A deeply impressed ABC News hired 25-year-old Jennings on August 3, 1964, and invited him to serve as their news anchor one year later. This lasted until January 1968, but at that point, Jennings decided that he needed more grassroots experience and stepped down to resume work as a regular "field correspondent." Bob Young inherited the position from him. From the field, Jennings covered such pivotal and earth-shattering stories as the ongoing American escalation in Vietnam, the 1972 terrorist kidnapping of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games, and the Cambodian genocide. After 16 years, Jennings finally reassumed the assignment of ABC News anchor in 1983 and retained the position for over 20 years. (TV historians Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh later observed that while he was "dismissed as a kid in the '60s, [Jennings rose] in stature to become America's leading anchorman in the 1990s.") In the process, Jennings collected 16 Emmys, a George Foster Peabody Award, a National Headliner Award, a handful of Overseas Press Club Awards, and dozens of additional honors.Unlike a few of his newsroom contemporaries, Jennings never did feature film work or made humorous cameos as himself in series programs. His filmed work outside of the newsroom exclusively consists of dozens of ABC News and non-ABC-affiliated documentary videos on a seemingly limitless array of subjects, typically with Jennings hosting, dispassionately and objectively. Selected titles include ABC News: Peter Jennings from the Killing Fields (1986), JFK Remembered (1988), Nature's Fury: A Decade of Disasters (1989), The Japanese Way of Life (1990), and ABC News: Inauguration '93 (1993). Around the turn of the millennium, he also hosted the popular programs This Century: America's Time and Peter Jennings Reporting, and published the 1998 bestseller This Century, a 20th century retrospective that Jennings co-authored with Todd Brewster.Tragically, Jennings died at a relatively young age. Only 67, he passed away in late summer 2005, of lung cancer, a condition he only became aware of four or five months prior. According to the ABC website, Jennings began "aggressive chemotherapy treatments," but they did little to stall the onslaught of the disease. Jennings was married four times: first to Valerie Godsoe, then to Lebanese photographer Annie Malouf, then to Kati Marton, and finally (in 1997 until his death) to Kayce Freed. He had two children with Marton: Elizabeth Jennings (born in 1980) and Christopher Jennings (born in 1982).

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No Score Yet An Unlikely Weapon: The Eddie Adams Story Actor 2008
No Score Yet Fabulous 60s Actor 2007
No Score Yet Journalists Killed In The Line Of Duty Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Fight Against Pain Host 2005
No Score Yet Our Greatest Hopes, Our Worst Fears: The Tragedy of the Munich Games Actor 2005
No Score Yet War With Iraq: Stories From the Front Host 2004
No Score Yet Journalists Killed In The Line Of Duty Actor 2003
No Score Yet Dangerous World: The Kennedy Years Host 1997
No Score Yet Hiroshima - Why the Bomb Was Dropped Actor 1996
No Score Yet The Last Party Actor 1993
86% Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky and the Media Actor 1993
No Score Yet ABC News: A Line in the Sand - What Did America Win? Actor 1992
No Score Yet ABC News: Growing Up in the Age of AIDS Actor 1992
No Score Yet ABC News: Drugs - A Plague Upon the Land Actor 1991
No Score Yet War in the Gulf: Answering Children's Questions Actor 1991
No Score Yet American Masters Actor 1991
No Score Yet Schwarzkopf - How the War Was Won Host 1991
No Score Yet ABC News: The Week That Shook the World - The Soviet Coup Actor 1991
No Score Yet ABC News: Prejudice - Answering Children's Questions Actor 1991
No Score Yet ABC News: Capitol to Capitol Host 1989
No Score Yet JFK Remembered Actor 1988


No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
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No Score Yet 20/20
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