Ten years ago today, Peter Jennings, who was the voice of ABC for more than four decades, died at his home in New York City after being diagnosed with lung cancer. He was 67.
Jennings was born in Canada and started reporting for ABC News in 1964. He was named anchor and senior editor of “World News Tonight” in 1983.
As one of America’s most distinguished journalists, Jennings reported many of the pivotal events that have shaped our world, including the signing of the Voting Rights Act, the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall and the Sept. 11 attacks.
Jennings was honored with many awards for news reporting, including 16 Emmys, two George Foster Peabody Awards, several Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards and several Overseas Press Club Awards. While he was at the helm, “World News Tonight” was recognized with two consecutive Edward R. Murrow awards for best newscast, based on field reporting done by Jennings on the California wildfires and the transfer of power in Iraq.