Peter has won countless awards throughout his lifetime. Some of the most notable awards include the following:
The Peabody Award in 1974 for a story on Anwar al-Sadat, which was the third president of Egypt.
The National Headliner Award in 1971 for coverage of the Bangladesh Civil War.
The Goldsmith Career Award awarded by Harvard University for his career of excellent journalism.
Peter was one of the three anchors that each notoriously became part of the 'Big Three Era' between ABC, CBS, and NBC. Peter was the major anchor for ABC, Dan Rather for CBS, and Tom Brokaw for NBC. The 'Big Three Era' lasted from 1983 until 2004 when Tom Brokaw resigned.
In the 1970s, very few Americans knew much about the Middle East and the affairs happening there. To change this, Peter spent much of this time period reporting stories such as the Munich Olympic Massacre and the Yom Kippur War to increase public knowledge of the region.
In January 1990, Peter aired the first episode of his own television show, Peter Jennings Reporting. The last episode of his show aired in December 2005, four months after his death.
One of the most legendary events in Jenning's entire career came during the September 11th terrorist attacks. He was on the air for over seventeen straight hours informing people of the absolute latest developments as the country was in complete shock.
On December 31st, 1999, Peter Jennings hosted a program called ABC 2000 Today, which covered the transition into the new millennium. He was on air for a little over twenty-three straight hours.
In his earlier years of broadcasting while working with CTV, Peter became the first Canadian broadcaster to cover the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy.
Peter's very first broadcasting job came when he was only nine years old. He hosted a half-hour children's radio program called Peter's Program every Saturday morning on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto, Canada.
Peter had two children throughout his lifetime. His two children, Christopher and Elizabeth, were from his marriage with Kati Marton, which lasted between 1979 and 1994.
On July 8th, 1978, World News Tonight premiered on ABC. Peter Jennings was one of three anchors for the very first episode, reporting from London.
Peter was married four times throughout his lifetime.
His first marriage was to Valerie Godsoe while in Toronto, Canada. This marriage ended in a divorce.
His second marriage was to Anouchka Malouf, and it also ended in a divorce.
His third and longest marriage was to Kati Marton in 1979. They got divorced after fifteen years in 1994.
His fourth and final marriage was to Kayce Freed. They married in 1997 and remained together until his death in 2005.
In 2003, Peter Jennings became a United States citizen. He passed his citizenship test on his first attempt at it. Upon the passing of the test, he gained a dual citizenship with the United States and his native Canada.
On April 5th, 2005, Peter Jennings announced that he had lung cancer in front of the viewing audience of World News Tonight. The video was in fact pre-recorded from a few days prior. This was his final appearance on World News Tonight before his death.
On August 7, 2005, Peter Jennings died from complications from lung cancer. He was 67 years old.
Peter Jennings was the anchor and senior editor of ABC News' World News Tonight from 1983 to 2005.
Peter: Hundreds of you have been like family. It feels good to have such a family right now.
Peter: Almost ten million Americans are living with cancer. I am sure I will learn from them how to cope with the facts of life that none of us anticipated.