Knowledge Identifier: +Peter_Jennings
Born in 1938.
Countries: United States (61%), Canada (9%), Lebanon (5%)
Linked to: Democratic Party, The Walt Disney Company, Washington State University, American University of Beirut
After the CBC moved his father to its Ottawa headquarters in the early 1950s, Jennings transferred to Lisgar Collegiate Institute
By 1961, Jennings had joined the staff of CJOH-TV, a new television station in Ottawa
Ron Cochran - Despite the rival networks' expansion in 1963 of their evening newscasts to a full half hour, "ABC Evening News" would run only 15 minutes during Cochran's tenure; the network deferred expansion until Peter Jennings, his successor, took over the anchor's desk for his first stint
In 1964, CTV sent Jennings to cover the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey
As ABC's Beirut bureau chief, Jennings soon became familiar with the intricacies of the Arab-Israeli conflict, including the rise of the Palestinian Black September Organization during the early 1970s
Dick Clark - ABC has broadcast the event on every New Year's Eve since 1972 except in 1999 when it was preempted for "ABC 2000 Today", news coverage of the milestone year hosted by Peter Jennings
Jennings returned to the U.S. at the end of 1974 to become Washington correspondent and news anchor for ABC's new morning program "AM America", a predecessor to "Good Morning America"
"AM America" debuted on January 6, 1975, with Jennings delivering regular newscasts from Washington
The announcement signaled a generational shift in the evening news broadcasts, and the beginning of what the media would deem the "Big Three" era of Jennings, Dan Rather of CBS, and Tom Brokaw of NBC. Rather had already been elevated to anchor in 1981 after the retirement of Walter Cronkite, and Brokaw of "NBC Nightly News" was set to become sole anchor the same day as Jennings
Television critic Tom Shales noticed a pro-Reagan bias in Jennings' reporting, referring to ABC as "a news organization that is already considered the White House favorite" in May 1985
Dan Rather - After a dip to second place, Rather regained the top spot in 1985 until 1989 when he ceded the ratings peak to rival Peter Jennings at ABC's World News Tonight
Ronald Greenwald - On February 3, 1986, the ABC Evening News with Peter Jennings credited Rabbi Greenwald with playing a role in the negotiations for the release of Sharansky and featured a video clip of Rabbi Greenwald expressing optimism that Sharansky would be released
Bob Woodruff - His career in journalism dates back to 1989, and he is widely known for succeeding Peter Jennings as co-anchor of ABC News' weekday news broadcast, World News Tonight in December 2005
On August 13, 1993, Jennings and Kati Marton publicly announced their separation in "Newsday"
Juju Chang - Her earliest award was an Alfred I. duPont Award in 1995 for a series on women's health produced with Peter Jennings
Toby Keith - ABC invited Keith to sing "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue" on a 2002 Fourth of July concert it was producing, rescinded the invitation after host Peter Jennings heard the song and vetoed it
Steve Squyres - ABC News featured Squyres as its Person of the Week for January 9, 2004, and "World News Tonight" anchor Peter Jennings said he "has gotten us all excited
CBS Evening News - The death of anchor Peter Jennings in 2005 coupled with the adoption of a dual-anchor format on "World News Tonight" and life-threatening injuries suffered by Bob Woodruff when an Iraqi military convoy he rode in hit a road-side bomb, leaving Elizabeth Vargas as sole anchor, in January 2006 put the ABC News division in flux