Peter Jennings

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Quick Facts

Date of Birth July 29, 1938 - August 7, 2005
Nationality American
Profession Journalist
Working for ABC World News
Ethnicity White
Marital Status Married
Children(s) Elizabeth Jennings, Christopher Jennings
Net Worth(s) $50 million (left to kin)
Name on Birth Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings
Divorce Two Times
Age N/A

Peter Jennings was the anchor and senior editor of ABC's "World News Tonight," where he established a reputation for independence and excellence in broadcast journalism. He was the network's principal anchor for breaking news, election coverage and special events.


Peter Jennings was born on July 29, 1938 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings.


Peter Jennings started his broadcasting career at the age of nine, hosting Peter's People, a half-hour, Saturday morning, CBC Radio show for kids.

School College

When Jennings was 11, he started attending Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario, where he excelled in sports. After the CBC moved his father to its Ottawa headquarters in the early 1950s, Jennings transferred to Lisgar Collegiate Institute.

Jennings then briefly attended Carleton University, where he says he "lasted about 10 minutes" before dropping out. He also attended the University of Ottawa.

Father, Mother

He and his younger sister Sarah were children of Elizabeth Osborne and Charles Jennings, a prominent radio broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Children Kids

He had two children, namely Christopher Jennings, and Elizabeth Jennings.

Career Life and Jobs

Peter Jennings was the chief anchor of ABC-TV's World News Tonight from 1983 until shortly before his death in 2005. For many of those years he went head-to-head with two other longstanding network anchors, NBC's Tom Brokaw and CBS's Dan Rather. A Canadian by birth, Jennings was known for his dry, understated delivery and for his international outlook, honed by years as a foreign correspondent. Jennings also anchored the ABC evening news from 1965-67, which at the time made him the youngest network anchor in TV history. After a long period in other roles, he was named the sole anchor of World News Tonight in 1983. Jennings announced in April of 2005 that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer, but would continue to work as much as possible. He never returned to the air, passing away four months later.

Wife, Marriage and Divorce

He was married four times during his life. Jennings was wed to Kayce Freed at the time of his death. He had two children, Elizabeth and Christopher, with second wife, journalist Kati Marton. His marriage history is listed below:

Kayce Freed (married 1997–2005), Kati Marton (married 1979–1993), Anoushka Malauf (married 1973) and Valerie Godsoe.


His pictures are found in many galleries in the internet.

Height, weight and age

He was the sole anchor of ABC's World News Tonight from 1983 until his death in 2005 of complications from lung cancer.

Nationality, Ethnicity, religion

He was a Canadian-American and he was from white ethnicity. He followed Christianity.

Net Worth, Salary and income

Peter Jennings left a fortune worth more than $50 million to his wife and two children, according to the ABC News anchor's will, the Daily News has learned. Jennings, 67, left the bulk of his estate in trust for his two children, Elizabeth, 25, and Christopher, 23, from his marriage to writer Kati Marton, according to the will, filed Wednesday in Manhattan Surrogate's Court.

Award and Achievement

Jennings won numerous honors throughout his career, including 16 Emmys and two George Foster Peabody Awards. His work on World News Tonight and Peter Jennings Reporting consistently won Overseas Press Club and duPont-Columbia awards. Jennings was named "Best Anchor" by the Washington Journalism Review in 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1992. The Radio and Television News Directors Association awarded Jennings its highest honor, the Paul White Award in 1995. In 2004, he was awarded with the Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting from Washington State University. Just eight days before his death, Jennings was informed that he would be inducted into the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honor.


He died on August 7, 2005 in New York City, New York, USA due to lung cancer.

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