Peter Jennings

Journalist, TV news anchor, Bank clerk
One of broadcasting's last true luminaries, anchorman and reporter Peter Jennings became one the most respected and trusted faces in the world of televised news. Despite never finishing high school, Jennings found early ... Read more »
Born: 07/28/1938 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (123)

ABC World News 1953 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

An Unlikely Weapon 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Primetime Live 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Peter Jennings: Reporter 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Peter Jennings Reporting: Ecstasy Rising 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Primetime Thursday 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

In Search of America 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Host

ABC 2002 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

America.01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

A Nation Waits 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 2000: The Vote 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Peter Jennings Reporting: The Gun Fight 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Pops Goes the Fourth! 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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ABC 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Kids Pick the Issues 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The Story of the Berlin Wall 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The Century 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Century: America's Time 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Washington's Other Scandal 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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ABC News Saturday Night 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Cancer: Race For a Cure 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Peter Jennings Reporting: The American Game 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Daily Show Year-End Spectacular '97 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Turning Point 1993 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Peter Jennings Reporting: Pot of Gold 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Peter Jennings Reporting: Who Is Tim McVeigh? 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The '96 Vote: Election Night 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 1997 ESPY Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The People and the Power Game 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Into the Jury's Hands 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Children First: Real Kids, Real Solutions 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Hiroshima: Why the Bomb Was Dropped 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Peter Jennings Reporting: In the Name of God 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Peacekeepers: How the UN Failed in Bosnia 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Cover-Up at Ground Zero 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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House on Fire: America's Haitian Crisis 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Kids in the Crossfire: Violence in America 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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While America Watched: The Bosnia Tragedy 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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'92 Vote: The Democratic Convention 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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A Line in the Sand: What Did America Win? 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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A National Town Meeting: Who Is Ross Perot? 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Peter Jennings Reporting: Who Is Ross Perot? 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Prejudice: Answering Children's Questions 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Class of the 20th Century 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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A Line in the Sand: War or Peace? 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Dangerous Assignments 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Fifteen Years of MacNeil/Lehrer 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The AIDS Quarterly 1988 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Health Quarterly (06/12/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Capital to Capital: Leadership in the '90s 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Capital to Capital: The Environment 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Christmas at Starcross 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Future Forum: A World of Competition 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Peter Jennings Reporting: Guns 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Campaign: The Prime-time President 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Ethics in America 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Presidential Inauguration 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The '88 Vote: Election Night 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Politics of Privacy 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Worlds in Turmoil 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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1988 Winter Olympic Games 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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A Celebration of Citizenship 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Capital to Capital 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Drugs: A Plague Upon the Land 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Drugs: Why This Plague? 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Blessings of Liberty 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Pope in America 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Summit in America 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Violence in a Tube 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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We the People 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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At a Loss For Words... Illiterate in America 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Narrator

In the Face of Terrorism 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Questions of Policy, Questions of War 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Ronald Reagan 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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45/85 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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After the Sexual Revolution 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Liberty Weekend Preview 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Making the News 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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ABC News Closeup on Food: The Crisis of Price 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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AM America 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Breaking the News (TV Show)

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Images of the '80s (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

45/85 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

One of broadcasting's last true luminaries, anchorman and reporter Peter Jennings became one the most respected and trusted faces in the world of televised news. Despite never finishing high school, Jennings found early success as a young journalist in radio and local television in his native country of Canada. After impressing a network executive while covering the 1964 Democratic Convention, he was offered a position with ABC News in New York City. Within a year, Jennings was placed in the anchor's seat on the nightly news at the unbelievably young age of 26. His tenure, however, was as short as it was unimpressive, and before long he was out in the field as a Middle East correspondent for ABC. As a reporter, Jennings shone brightly, providing breaking coverage of such momentous events as the Munich Olympics massacre in 1972. Later, the more seasoned reporter was brought back take over "ABC World News Tonight" (1953- ), and in his second run at the job led the nightly broadcast to ratings gold. In addition to his regular duties as a newscaster, Jennings anchored numerous investigative specials, authored a best-selling book, won several Emmy Awards, and a Peabody Award. While at the top of his game, and poised to become the last of the "Big Three" with the departures of rival anchors Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw, he was suddenly diagnosed with lung cancer in the summer of 2005. By August of that year, the disease had mercilessly claimed Peter Jennings, an icon of broadcast journalism, appreciated for his erudition and respected for his unassailable integrity.

Relationships

Kayce Freed

Wife
Together since c. 1993 Married Dec, 6, 1997 until his death Aug. 7, 2005

Charles Jennings

Father
headed CBC's English-language network died in 1973

Elizabeth Jennings

Mother

Elizabeth Jennings

Daughter
mother Kati Marton born c. 1979

Christopher Jennings

Son
mother Kati Marton born c. 1982

Anouchka Malouf

Wife
Met while Jennings was a Middle East correspondent Divorced

Kati Marton Actor

Wife

EDUCATION

dropped out of high school in the 10th grade

Carleton University

Ottawa , Ontario
attended night school there for one week

Milestones

2005

Peter Jennings is diagnosed with lung cancer

1990

Began hosting series of infequent specials "Peter Jennings Reporting"

1983

Became sole anchor, "World News Tonight"

1975

Hosted "A.M. America" for short period

1964

Named correspondent, ABC News

1963

Was co-anchor, CTV National News

1961

Joined CTV as news reporter

1947

At age nine, hosted "Peter's People" on CBC Radio

Was co-anchor, then anchor, "ABC Evening News"

Was chief foreign correspondent, ABC News

Hosted dance show "Club Thirteen" on CBC

Hosted the PBS series "The AIDS Quarterly"

Was Middle East Bureau Chief for ABC News

Based in London, was foreign news anchor of "World News Tonight"

Bonus Trivia

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Jennings received and honorary doctorate from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada

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"I was not qualified to be an anchor the first time around. I was really very sad about it. I remember being very sad. I was having such a good time as a reporter, and I was chosen for all the wrong reasons. I wept at the time." --Peter Jennings in NEW YORK, November 30, 1987

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"I never sound nearly as sophisticated as I'd like to be. . . I've never even read Proust. I've managed to live without it so far. But it hasn't been easy." --Peter Jennings in ESQUIRE, September 1989

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"There are 19 countries in the Arab world, and I worked in them all. And I did a lot of stories in those days which said, 'Hey, hold it, folks. Arabs are people. They don't just ride camels, they don't all live in tents. They drive Mercedeses . . .'" --Peter Jennings in ROLLING STONE, May 4, 1989

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Jennings has received numerous awards for his work, including six additional Emmys, the Alfred I duPont-Columbia University Award and several citations from the Overseas Press Club

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