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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (left), Peter Jennings widow Kayce Free, and Peter Jennings' son Christopher and daughter Elizabeth attend the Ceremony for the Re-Naming of West 66th Street to Peter Jennings Way at 66th and Columbus Avenue in New York on February 21, 2006. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings, CM (July 29, 1938 – August 7, 2005) was a Canadian American journalist and news anchor. He was the sole anchor of ABC's World News Tonight from 1983 until his death in 2005 of complications from lung cancer. A high-school dropout, he transformed himself into one of American television's most prominent journalists.

Jennings started his career early, hosting a Canadian radio show at the age of nine. He began his professional career with CJOH-TV in Ottawa during its early years, anchoring the local newscasts and hosting a teen dance show, Saturday Date, on Saturdays.

In 1965, ABC News tapped him to anchor its flagship evening news program. His inexperience was attacked by critics and others in television news, making for a difficult first stint in the anchor chair. Jennings became a foreign correspondent in 1968, reporting from the Middle East.

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