ABC News has announced tonight that long time ABC World News Tonight anchor has lost his battle with lung cancer Sunday. “Peter died with his family around him, without pain and in peace. He knew he’d lived a good life,” his wife and children said in a statement.
Jennings followed his dad into the family business. His father Charles was a fixture in the Canadian Broadcasting Company for decades. At age 9 the younger Jennings hosted his first half-hour show aimed at children.
Jennings joined ABC News in 1964 as a correspondent, reporting from dozens of countries across the globe. In 1983 he was promoted to the anchor chair of ABC’s World News Tonight. Jennings was perhaps best known for his 1990 interview with Saddam Hussein on the eve of the Persian Gulf War. In 2003 he became an American citizen but retained his Canadian citizenship. In April 2005, Jennings announced via taped message that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
Jennings had been married 4 times and is survived by his wife, Kayce Freed, his two children, Elizabeth, 25, and Christopher, 23, and his sister, Sarah Jennings.