Peter Jennings Dies at 67


8-8-05 - Peter Jennings, the suave, Canadian-born broadcaster who delivered the news to Americans each night in five separate decades, died Sunday at his New York home.

Jennings, who announced in April that he had lung cancer, was 67.

"Peter has been our colleague, our friend, and our leader in so many ways," said ABC News President David Westin. "None of us will be the same without him."

With Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather, Jennings was part of a triumvirate that dominated network news for more than two decades, through the birth of cable news and the Internet. His smooth delivery and years of international reporting experience made him particularly popular among urban dwellers.

Jennings dominated the ratings from the late 1980s to the mid-'90s, when Brokaw surpassed him. He remained a Canadian until 2003, when he became a U.S. citizen, saying it had nothing to do with his politics _ he did it for his family.

"He was a warm and loving and surprisingly sentimental man," said Ted Koppel, a friend and fellow anchor.

Jennings was wherever the big story was. He logged more than 60 hours on the air during the week of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, offering a soothing sense of continuity during a troubled time.

Jennings' announcement four months ago that the longtime smoker would begin treatment for lung cancer came as a shock. Although Jennings occasionally came to the office between chemotherapy treatments, he never again appeared on air.


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