Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings, (July 29, 1938 – August 7, 2005) was a Canadian-American reporter and news anchor. A high-school failure, Peter Jennings altered himself into one of American television's most well-known journalists.
Peter Jennings was born 29th July, 1938 in Toronto, Ontario; Peter Jennings and his younger sister Sarah were children of Elizabeth Osborne and Charles Jennings, a famous radio newscaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
Peter Jennings was ten years old when Peter Jennings got his first commentator job for Peter's Program, a Saturday morning radio show which exposed the young talent. As a student, Peter Jennings displayed little attention on formal education. Nevertheless, Peter Jennings interests and talent in the region of news would reveal his aptitude and enthusiasm to learn. Peter Jennings began his professional career as a disc jockey and news reporter for a small radio station in Brockville, Ontario, and like many reporters who attain major success his chance to make a name for himself came with breaking news. In this case it was the story of a train wreck Peter covered for the CBC that brought attention. But the story got him a job with CTV, Canada's first private TV network, rather than with the civic announcer. On CTV Peter Jennings was noticed by ABC News' Elmer Lower, who recognized Jennings' good looks and charm as basics that would sell to the American public. Shortly after Jennings joined ABC as an anchor for a 15-minute evening news segment, in 1964.
A year later, in an unparalleled ascend to the top, Peter Jennings, at 27, became the youngest ABC Evening News anchor. Peter Jennings opposition at the time--Walter Cronkite on CBS, the team of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley on NBC--stood as the most convincing anchors of their time. In this competitive environment, Peter Jennings was incapable to break through and creating a strong share for ABC News. In 1968, Peter Jennings left the anchor desk and was sent to Rome to become a overseas correspondent and hone his reporting talents. Peter Jennings was credited with establishing the first American television newsbureau in the Middle East and served for 7 years as ABC News Bureau Chief in Beirut, Lebanon. After building a strong status for world-class coverage, Peter Jennings was put back in a main position for A.M. America, the forerunner for Good Morning America, where Peter Jennings delivered five-minute newscasts from Washington.
The practice and contacts in the Middle East compensated off for Peter Jennings. Peter Jennings established a standing as Anwar Sadat's favorite reporter after completing a documentary on the Egyptian president and in 1977, when Egypt and Israel were about to make peace, Peter Jennings s was called to the scene. In 1978 Peter Jennings was the first U.S. reporter to conference the Ayatollah Khomeini, then in expel in Paris. When the Ayatollah came to power in Iran, Peter was the first reporter to be granted an interview and accompanied the Ayatollah on the plane back to Iran.
Shortly after, the first ABC World News Tonight aired on 10 July 1978. There Peter Jennings was to become a star. Peter Jennings span of experience in national and global reporting served him well while Peter Jennings was a reporter for World News Tonight, and in 1983 Peter Jennings was named lead anchor.
During the late 1980s, Peter Jennings anchored several extremely commended programs counting a live series called Capital to Capital, which broadcast relations between Soviet officials and members of the American Congress. News specials on political instability in China, Iran, and the former Soviet Union also won commend. Peter Jennings gifts include a live, via-satellite, town hall meeting between American citizens and Soviet leaders Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin. This show, with its question and answer set-up, gave Americans unparalleled revelation to the Soviet leaders.
Even though Peter Jennings’s political reports have won him the most praise at World News Tonight, they do not stand alone. Jennings also anchors Peter Jennnings Reporting. This one-hour, prime-time specials tackled significant subjects facing the nation and the world. Peter Jennings has explored issues varying from abortion, gun-control, and rape to funding for the arts and Ross Perot's presidential campaign. Peter Jennings most fresh activities include a series of news reports for children. In 1994 Peter Jennings served as mediator of a special question and answer broadcast from the White House in which American children inquired President Clinton about matters vital to their lives.
For his work, Peter Jennings won quite a lot of Emmy and Overseas Press Club Awards, and the impressive Alfred I duPont Columbia University Award for reporting. In 1989, a Times Mirror poll found Peter Jennings to be the most credible source of news. Peter Jennings was also named "best anchor" in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1992 by the Washington Journalism Review.
Peter Jennings died of lung cancer on August 7, 2005.