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Overview (3)

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NamePeter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings

Mini Bio (1)

Peter Jennings was born on July 29, 1938 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings. He was a writer and producer, known for ABC World News Tonight with David Muir (1953), Peter Jennings Reporting: Breakdown - America's Health Insurance Crisis (2005) and Peter Jennings Reporting: In Search of America (2002). He was married to Kayce Freed, Kati Marton, Anouchka (Annie) Malouf and Valerie Godsoe. He died on August 7, 2005 in New York City, New York, USA.

Spouse (4)

Kayce Freed (6 December 1997 - 7 August 2005) ( his death)
Kati Marton (September 1979 - 1995) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Anouchka (Annie) Malouf (1973 - 1979) ( divorced)
Valerie Godsoe (21 September 1963 - 1970) ( divorced)

Trivia (19)

Children: Elizabeth and Christopher
Dropped out of high school in Grade 10 in Canada, and failed to attain the equivalent of a GED. His father owned/managed a TV station, however, and he got his foot in the door that way.
News anchorman
Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world [1990]
Attended Carleton University, Rider College and the University of Ottawa.
(May 30, 2003) Became a U.S. citizen.
(April 5, 2005) Diagnosed with lung cancer. He had given up smoking for at least 10 years before September 11, 2001 attacks happened, after which he admittedly started smoking again.
Owned a chinchilla farm.
He had a sister named Sarah.
After failing as a 27-year-old anchorman for ABC News, he left the country and lived abroad as a foreign correspondent in Europe and the Middle East for ten years where he made a name for himself as an investigative journalist. He then returned to the anchor desk as a mature newsman.
Son of pioneer Canadian broadcaster Charles Jennings.
Accepted an honorary doctor of law degree from Rider University, then Rider College on January 21, 1968
He was awarded the C.M. (Member of the Order of Canada) on June 29, 2005 for his services to journalism.
Became the sole anchor of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir (1953) (aka "World News Tonight") on September 5, 1983, following the death of Frank Reynolds.
The only national news anchor to host specials for and with children on a regular basis. They were usually titled "Peter Jennings Answering Children's Questions." Topics included drugs, crime, prejudice, war, and 9/11.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 276-278. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
Release of his book, "The Century" by Peter with Todd Brewster. [1998]
Release of his book, "In Search of America" by Peter with Todd Brewster. [2002]
Release of the book, "Peter Jennings: A Reporter's Life" by Kayce Freed Jennings. [November 2007]

Personal Quotes (1)

Always have a sense of humor about life - you'll need it - but always be courteous to boot.

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