October 3, 2005 |
ABC News anchor Peter Jennings, who died of lung cancer in August, left an estate valued at more than $50 million, most of which was willed to his fourth wife and to two children from a previous marriage. Jennings, 67, signed the will on April 21, 16 days after announcing on his "World News Tonight" program that he had been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He died Aug. 7 in New York.
September 21, 2005 |
Peter Jennings' four-decade career as a network television reporter and anchor made him a national media star, but those who knew the ABC newsman best remembered him Tuesday in deeply personal terms, recalling the "goofy" father who loved to dance the jitterbug while cooking and the man of quiet generosity who took a personal interest in the homeless living in Central Park.
August 17, 2005 |
ABC's "World News Tonight" topped the evening news ratings for the first time in more than a year -- the increased viewership amounting to yet another tribute to Peter Jennings. The longtime ABC News anchorman died of lung cancer Aug. 7. The following day's "World News Tonight," largely devoted to Jennings' legacy, was seen by 10.5 million viewers, according to figures released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. The broadcast hasn't had that many viewers in August since 1998.
August 16, 2005 |
Taking another step in its public grieving process, ABC News said Monday it was removing the late Peter Jennings' name from the broadcast he anchored for more than two decades. The network kept calling the show "World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" as a tribute all last week even though Jennings died of lung cancer Aug. 7. Jennings made his last appearance on the program April 5. ABC News President David Westin said he consulted Jennings' family before making the decision.
August 11, 2005 |
IT WAS ONLY FITTING that Peter Jennings was there to authenticate the most surreal moment of my life. War had suddenly broken out on a glorious autumn day in New York, and I was making my way across the stunned city to man my journalistic battle station. As I crossed Times Square, it happened.
August 9, 2005 |
Anchor Peter Jennings' death was met Monday with a cascade of sorrowful appreciations from national leaders, colleagues and viewers around the country as anguished ABC employees struggled to absorb the impact of his loss on the network. Jennings -- who died at home in New York Sunday night four months after he was diagnosed as having lung cancer -- was hailed as a fiercely determined newsman who infused his broadcasts with a sophisticated sensibility honed by years as a foreign correspondent.