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Peter Jennings was the sole anchor of ABC's World News Tonight from 1983 until his death from cancer in 2005. For many Americans, he was the voice and face that gave shape and meaning to every day's news. But who was Peter Jennings really? In this absorbing biography, readers will get to know Jennings through the memories of his friends, family, competitors, colleagues, and interview subjects. Their stories are full of surprises. Jennings, we learn, was a high school dropout who spent the rest of his life in pursuit of knowledge. He traveled the world in search of stories, a notebook perpetually thrust through his back belt loop. In his front pocket, he carried a miniature copy of the Constitution, a testament to his love for the United States; a Canadian by birth, Jennings acquired American citizenship in 2003.

Peter Jennings was a celebrity, of course—a dashingly handsome and elegant man, famous for his ability to charm women and world leaders alike—but in these pages he is remembered as a loyal friend and a devoted family man, who loved nothing more than to canoe with his kids and listen to jazz with his friends in the Hamptons. Not that he was the relaxing sort. Jennings was a task-master, who ripped other reporters' pieces to shreds, forcing them to rewrite from the ground up. He was a perfectionist, too, who drove his fellow correspondents crazy with his ad-libbed questions on the air. It was all about standards. Throughout his life, Peter Jennings was driven by a passion to seek the truth and convey that truth accurately, simply, cleanly, and elegantly to his American audience. He was our voice.

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"The bulk of the interviews in this oral history — co-edited by Sherr, his colleague at ABC News, freelance book editor Darnton, and Jennings's widow — were conducted in the days immediately following the anchorman's death from lung cancer in August 2005. Friends and fellow reporters retrace every step of his career, starting with his first jobs in Canadian radio to his coverage of major events like the 9/11 attacks. When he was just 26, he was hired by ABC to anchor the evening news, a job he himself would later admit he was 'simply unqualified' for at the time. So he demanded to be sent out into the field as a foreign correspondent, building up his experience until he became what Ted Koppel calls 'a complete package' as a journalist: smart, attractive and graceful under pressure. The tone of the interviews is predictably positive: even the criticism that he allowed ABC's ratings to slip by refusing to devote more airtime to O.J. Simpson's murder trial is immediately followed by praise for his expanded coverage of the Bosnian genocide. Sections on his personal life along with testimonials from statesmen like Bill Clinton and Colin Powell flesh out the portrait, reminding readers of the commanding presence Jennings held over broadcast journalism." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Words of Peter Jenningss family, friends, and colleagues paint an intimate, comprehensive portrait of the late, legendary journalist and news anchor. With an introduction by Lynn Sherr.Perseus Books

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An intimate, comprehensive portrait of the late, legendary journalist and news anchor in the words of his family, friends, and colleagues

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couponqueen, December 30, 2007 (view all comments by couponqueen)
This biography was a true eye opener about one of America's jounalistic icons. Having watched Mr. Jennings for so many years on World News Tonite, comments made by both colleagues, interview subjects, friends and family really brought out the true person.

And when statements by Mr. Jennings himself were included it showed Peter as he was in addition to the many journalistic endeavors he pursued.
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ISBN:
9781586485177
Subtitle:
A Reporter's Life
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Other:
Sherr, Lynn
Editor:
Darnton, Kate
Editor:
Jennings, Kayce Freed
Editor:
Sherr, Lynn
Author:
Darnton, Kate
Author:
Jennings, Kayce Freed
Author:
Sherr, Lynn
Subject:
General
Subject:
Television journalists
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Television Personalities
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Jennings, Peter
Subject:
Television journalists - Canada
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20071030
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 21.8 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The bulk of the interviews in this oral history — co-edited by Sherr, his colleague at ABC News, freelance book editor Darnton, and Jennings's widow — were conducted in the days immediately following the anchorman's death from lung cancer in August 2005. Friends and fellow reporters retrace every step of his career, starting with his first jobs in Canadian radio to his coverage of major events like the 9/11 attacks. When he was just 26, he was hired by ABC to anchor the evening news, a job he himself would later admit he was 'simply unqualified' for at the time. So he demanded to be sent out into the field as a foreign correspondent, building up his experience until he became what Ted Koppel calls 'a complete package' as a journalist: smart, attractive and graceful under pressure. The tone of the interviews is predictably positive: even the criticism that he allowed ABC's ratings to slip by refusing to devote more airtime to O.J. Simpson's murder trial is immediately followed by praise for his expanded coverage of the Bosnian genocide. Sections on his personal life along with testimonials from statesmen like Bill Clinton and Colin Powell flesh out the portrait, reminding readers of the commanding presence Jennings held over broadcast journalism." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Words of Peter Jenningss family, friends, and colleagues paint an intimate, comprehensive portrait of the late, legendary journalist and news anchor. With an introduction by Lynn Sherr.Perseus Books
"Synopsis" by ,
An intimate, comprehensive portrait of the late, legendary journalist and news anchor in the words of his family, friends, and colleagues
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