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Peter Jennings: An Early Life

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Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings was born in Toronto, Ontario on July 29, 1938 to Mr. Charles Jennings and Mrs. Elizabeth Osborne. He had a younger sister named Sarah.

His father was a prominent radio broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Jennings was a Canadian-American journalist and news anchor. He was the sole anchor of ABCís World News tonight from 1983-2005.

Jennings dropped his high school and became one of American televisionís most prominent journalists and got a naturalized United States citizenship in 2003.

At the small age of nine, Jennings started his career as a host in a Canadian radio show Peterís People, a CBC Radio show for kids. ABC News offered him to anchor its evening news program in the year 1965. He was promoted to the role of solo anchor in 1983. Jennings attended Trinity College School in Port Hope when he was 11 and where he did well in sports.

After his father was moved to Ottawa headquarters by CBC, Jennings transferred to Lisgar Collegiate Institute. Jennings struggled academically and failed in 10th grade and thus dropped out. Jennings also briefly attended Carleton University and University Of Ottawa.

Jennings dreamed of following his fatherís footsteps in broadcasting. His served as a bank teller for the Royal Bank of Canada as his first job. When Jennings was 21, he started his rise in broadcasting field in Brockville.

In 1959, a local radio station gave him the opportunity to be a member of its news department. Jennings joined a television station in March 1961 as an interviewer for a late-night news program.

The next year, one of the Canadaís first private TV network named CTV hired Jennings as a co-anchor of its late-night national newscast when he was 24. He was the first Canadian journalist for CTV to arrive in Dallas after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In 1964, he went to cover, for CTV, the Democratic National Convention in New Jersey.

There he was offered a job by the president of ABC News of a correspondent for the American network, which Jennings initially rejected. But three years later, he changed his mind and set out for America.

By FW Editor

Tags: career, succes, news anchor

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 15 April '10

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