Peter Jennings Biography (1938-)

Full name, Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings; born July 29, 1938, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; immigrated to the United States, 1964, naturalized citizen, 2003; son of Charles (a broadcast journalist and television executive)and Elizabeth (maiden name, Osborne) Jennings; married Annie Malouf (divorced); married Valerie Godsoe (divorced); married Kati Marton (a writer and former news bureau chief in Bonn, West Germany), 1979 (divorced, 1993); married Kayce Freed (a television producer), December 6, 1997; children: (third marriage) Elizabeth, Christopher. Addresses: Contact: c/o ABC Television (NY), 30 West 67th St., 9th Floor, New York, NY 10023; c/o 7 West 66th St., New York, NY 10023.

Nationality
Canadian
Gender
Male
Occupation
Television journalist
Birth Details
July 29, 1938
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Co-anchor, CTV National News, CTV, 1962-1964
  • Correspondent, ABC News, ABC, 1964
  • Co-anchor, ABC Evening News, ABC, 1965-1968
  • Host, A.M. America, ABC, 1975
  • Chief foreign correspondent, ABC News, ABC, 1975-1978
  • London anchor, World News Tonight, ABC, 1978-1983
  • Anchor, World News Tonight (also known as ABC WorldNews Tonight), ABC, 1983-
  • We the People, ABC, 1987
  • Host and narrator, The AIDS Quality, PBS, 1989
  • Anchor, Turning Point, ABC, 1994
  • Anchor, ABC News Saturday Night, ABC, 1998
  • Host and narrator, The Century: America's Time, History Channel, 1999
  • Host and narrator, The Century, ABC, 1999
  • Anchor, America.01, ABC, 2001
  • Also appeared as anchor, Capital to Capital; host, Let's Face It, CBC; host, Time Out, CBC.
  • Miniseries
  • Reporter, The Century, ABC, 1999
  • Specials
  • Correspondent, ABC News Close-up on the Consumer Offensive: Who Speaksfor the People?, ABC, 1975
  • Correspondent, ABC News Close-up on Food: The Crisis of Price, ABC, 1975
  • Making the News, ABC, 1985
  • Anchor, 45/85, ABC, 1985
  • Host, Liberty Weekend Preview, ABC, 1986
  • Commentator, Liberty Weekend, ABC, 1986
  • Narrator, At a Loss for Words ... Illiterate in America, ABC, 1986
  • Anchor, After the Sexual Revolution, ABC, 1986
  • Host and narrator, We the People, PBS, 1987
  • Anchor, The Summit in America, ABC, 1987
  • Ronald Reagan, ABC, 1987
  • Questions of Policy, Questions of War, ABC, 1987
  • Anchor, The Pope in America, ABC, 1987
  • Panelist, In the Face of Terrorism, PBS, 1987
  • Anchor, A Celebration of Citizenship, ABC, 1987
  • Host (United States), Capital to Capital, ABC, 1987
  • Anchor, The Blessings of Liberty, 1987
  • Host, The Alfred I. Dupont/Columbia University Awards, PBS, 1987
  • Moderator, Violence in a Tube, ABC, 1988
  • Cohost, "Opening Ceremonies," The 1988 Winter Olympic Games, ABC,1988
  • Anchor, Drugs: Why This Plague?, ABC, 1988
  • Anchor, Drugs: A Plague upon the Land, ABC, 1988
  • Anchor, The '88 Vote: Election Night, ABC, 1988
  • Host, JFK Remembered, 1988
  • The Politics of Privacy, PBS, 1988
  • Campaign: The Prime-Time President, PBS, 1988
  • The Television Academy Hall of Fame, ABC, 1989
  • Host, Christmas at Starcross, ABC, 1989
  • Host and commentator, Images of the '80s, ABC, 1989
  • Anchor, Worlds in Turmoil, ABC, 1989
  • Anchor, Presidential Inauguration, ABC, 1989
  • Anchor, Capital to Capital: The Environment, ABC, 1989
  • Anchor, Beyond the Cold War: The Risk and the Opportunity, ABC, 1989
  • The Television Academy Hall of Fame, Fox, 1990
  • Fifteen Years of MacNeil/Lehrer, 1990
  • Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter, ABC, 1990
  • Host and moderator, Future Forum: A World of Competition, ABC, 1990
  • Anchor, Peter Jennings Reporting: Guns, ABC, 1990
  • Anchor, Peter Jennings Reporting: From the Killing Fields, ABC, 1990
  • Anchor (Washington, DC) Capital to Capital: Leadership in the '90s, ABC, 1990
  • Dangerous Assignments, ABC, 1991
  • Host, Carnegie Hall: Live at 100! The Gala Celebration, ABC, 1991
  • Anchor, War in the Gulf: Answering Children's Questions, ABC, 1991
  • Anchor, Peter Jennings Reporting: From the Heart of Harlem, ABC, 1991
  • Anchor, A Line in the Sand: What Did America Win?, ABC, 1991
  • Anchor, A Line in the Sand: War or Peace?, ABC, 1991
  • Anchor, The Health Quarterly, ABC, 1991
  • The Class of the 20th Century, ABC, 1992
  • Moderator, Prejudice: Answering Children's Questions, ABC, 1992
  • Moderator, The '92 Vote: The Democratic Candidates Debate, ABC, 1992
  • Host, Peter Jennings Reporting: The Cocaine War, Lost in Bolivia,ABC, 1992
  • Host, A National Town Meeting: Who Is Ross Perot?, ABC, 1992
  • Host, Growing Up in the Age of AIDS: An ABC News Town Meeting for theFamily--with Peter Jennings, ABC, 1992
  • Host, Alfred I. DuPont/Columbia University Awards in Broadcast Journalism, ABC, 1992
  • Anchor, Peter Jennings Reporting: Who Is Ross Perot?, ABC, 1992
  • Anchor, Peter Jennings Reporting: Men, Sex, and Rape, ABC, 1992
  • Anchor, The Missiles of October: What the World Didn't Know, ABC,1992
  • Anchor, '92 Vote: The Democratic Convention, ABC, 1992
  • Peter Jennings Reporting: The Land of the Demons, ABC, 1993
  • Host, Cover-Up at Ground Zero, ABC, 1993
  • Anchor, Kids in the Crossfire: Violence in America, ABC, 1993
  • House on Fire: America's Haitian Crisis, ABC, 1994
  • Moderator, President Clinton: Answering Children's Questions, ABC,1994
  • Host, While America Watched: The Bosnia Tragedy, ABC, 1994
  • Host, Peter Jennings Reporting: In the Name of God, 1995
  • Host and reporter, Hiroshima: Why the Bomb Was Dropped, ABC, 1995
  • Host and interviewer, The Peacekeepers: How the UN Failed in Bosnia, ABC, 1995
  • Anchor, Into the Jury's Hands, ABC, 1995
  • Anchor, Children First: Real Kids, Real Solutions, ABC, 1995
  • Host, Rage and Betrayal: The Lives of Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols, ABC, 1996
  • Himself, The People and the Power Game, ABC, 1996
  • Anchor, Peter Jennings Reporting: Never Say Die--How the Cigarette Companies Keep On Winning, ABC, 1996
  • Anchor, Peter Jennings Reporting: Jerusalem Stories, ABC, 1996
  • Anchor, The '96 Vote: The Republican National Convention, ABC, 1996
  • Anchor, The '96 Vote: The Democratic National Convention, ABC, 1996
  • Anchor, The '96 Vote: Election Night, ABC, 1996
  • The Daily Show Year-End Spectacular '97, Comedy Central, 1997
  • The 1997 ESPY Awards, ESPN, 1997
  • Anchor, Peter Jennings Reporting: Who Is Tim McVeigh?, ABC, 1997
  • Anchor, Dangerous World: The Kennedy Years, ABC, 1997
  • ABC News Town Meeting: Kids ... Parents ... Straight Talk on Drugs, ABC, 1997
  • Correspondent, Peter Jennings Reporting: Unfinished Business: The C.I.A. and Saddam Hussein, ABC, 1997
  • Anchor, Peter Jennings Reporting: Pot of Gold, ABC, 1997
  • Anchor, Peter Jennings Reporting: The American Game, ABC, 1998
  • Anchor, Crisis in the White House: The President Testifies, ABC, 1998
  • Anchor, Cancer: Race for a Cure, ABC, 1998
  • (Uncredited) Himself, Divas Live: An Honors Concert for VH1 Save the Children (also known as VH1 Divas Live), VH1, 1998
  • Washington's Other Scandal, PBS, 1998
  • The Story of the Berlin Wall, History Channel, 1999
  • Anchor, ABC 2000, ABC, 1999
  • Host and narrator, Peter Jennings Reporting: The Search for Jesus,ABC, 2000
  • Host, Peter Jennings Reporting: The Gun Fight, ABC, 2000
  • Anchor, Peter Jennings Reporting: The Dark Horizon--India, Pakistan, and the Bomb, ABC, 2000
  • Moderator, New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, PBS, 2000
  • Anchor, A Nation Waits, ABC, 2000
  • Kids Pick the Issues, Nickelodeon, 2000
  • Anchor, ABC 2000: The Vote, ABC, 2000
  • (In archive footage) Himself, The Beatles Revolution, ABC, 2000
  • Pops Goes the Fourth! 2001, Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Himself, Breaking the News, CBS, 2001
  • Host, Answering Kids' Questions: An ABC News Special, ABC, 2001
  • ABC Wide World of Sports 40th Anniversary Special, ABC, 2001
  • Host, ABC 2002, ABC, 2001
  • Host, In Search of America, ABC, 2002
  • Jim McKay: My World in My Worlds, HBO, 2003
  • Also associated with Personal Note: Beirut.
  • Episodic
  • Ethics in America, 1989
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1990
  • Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 2001, 2002
  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2002
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Middle East bureau chief, ABC News, ABC, 1968-1975
  • Senior editor, World News Tonight, ABC, 1983-
  • Specials
  • Producer and script editor, Worlds in Turmoil, ABC, 1989
  • Senior editor, Growing Up in the Age of AIDS: An ABC News Town Meetingfor the Family--with Peter Jennings, ABC, 1992
  • Radio Appearances
  • Host, Peter's People, CBC, c. 1947
  • Also appeared as news reporter, CFJR, Canada.
  • Film Appearances
  • Himself, The World Is Watching, 1988
  • Himself, Only the News That Fits, 1989
  • Anchor, Schwarzkopf: How the War Was Won, 1991
  • (In archive footage; uncredited) Himself, The Panama Deception, 1992
  • (Uncredited) Himself, Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, 1992
  • Himself, The Last Party, 1993
  • RECORDINGS
  • Taped Readings
  • In Search of America, Hyperion Audiobooks, 2002
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Specials
  • 45/85, ABC, 1985
  • The Blessings of Liberty, ABC, 1987
  • Worlds in Turmoil, ABC, 1989
  • Peter Jennings Reporting: Guns, ABC, 1990
  • Peter Jennings Reporting: From the Killing Fields, ABC, 1990
  • Peter Jennings Reporting: From the Heart of Harlem, ABC, 1991
  • The Health Quarterly, PBS, 1991
  • The Missiles of October: What the World Didn't Know, ABC, 1992
  • Peter Jennings Reporting: Men, Sex and Rape, ABC, 1992
  • Cover-Up at Ground Zero, ABC, 1993
  • Common Miracles: The New American Revolution in Learning, ABC, 1993
  • Hiroshima: Why the Bomb Was Dropped, ABC, 1995
  • Children First: Real Kids, Real Solutions, ABC, 1995
  • Rage and Betrayal: The Lives of Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols, ABC, 1996
  • Peter Jennings Reporting: The Search for Jesus, ABC, 2000
  • Peter Jennings Reporting: The Gun Fight, ABC, 2000
  • Television Episodes
  • "Abbed Hammoud," America.01, ABC, 2001
  • "Engine Company No. 1," America.01, ABC, 2001
  • Books
  • Co-author, The Pope in Britain: Pope John Paul II British Visit, Bodley Head, 1982
  • "Introduction," The '84 Vote, 1985
  • Co-interviewer, Children of the Troubles: Growing Up in Northern Ireland, Stranmillis College, 1986
  • (With Todd Brewster) The Century, Doubleday, 1998
  • (With others) The Century for Young People, Random House, 1999

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, 2000
    Periodicals
    • America, April 30, 1994, p. 18
    • American Journalism Review, November, 2001, p. 40
    • Broadcasting & Cable, September 27, 1993, p. 36
    • Economist, October 23, 1993, p. A38
    • Maclean's, July 1, 2000, p. 34
    • People Weekly, August 30, 1993, p. 48

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