Peter Jennings

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Peter Jennings

Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death 7 Aug 2005 (aged 67)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes scattered at his Quebec farm
Memorial ID 11495740 · View Source
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Television Broadcast Journalist. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he was the son of prominent Canadian news journalist Charles Jennings. He began his broadcasting career in Canada, working for both the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and the Canadian Television Channel (CTV). Jennings joined the ABC News division in 1964, and served as chief foreign news correspondent and foreign desk anchor for “World News Tonight” for nearly twenty years. He served briefly as the network news anchor from 1965 to 1968 before being reassigned overseas. In 1968 he was assigned to Rome as a foreign news correspondent, where he gained his first international experience and exposure covering major news events throughout Europe and the Middle East. He helped establish the first American news bureau in the Middle East, serving as ABC News Bureau Chief in Beirut, Lebanon for seven years. In 1983 he was promoted to both the network’s news anchor and senior editor positions following the unexpected death of ABC News Anchor Frank Reynolds. His reporting accomplishments include the building and demolition of the Berlin Wall, the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the birth and rise of the anti-communist Solidarity movement in Poland, the 1991 Gulf War and the 2003 Iraq War. His notable personal achievements include 14 national Emmys, two George Foster Peabody awards and several Overseas Press Club Awards. Jennings was also named four time winner as “Best anchor” from the Washington Journalism Review for the years 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1992, and winner of the distinguished Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award in 1989. In April 2004 he reached the pinnacle of broadcasting profession, as the recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting Award from Washington State University. A heavy smoker for many years, he was diagnosed with lung cancer in April 2005. He died at his home in New York at the age of 67.

Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.


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