Monday, August 08, 2005

Peter Jennings Dies After Brief Battle With Lung Cancer

JABBS takes a time-out to remember Peter Jennings, who passed away last night after a brief battle with lung cancer. He was 67.

Although Jennings was often chastised by conservative critics, the journalism industry will fondly remember his four-decade career with ABC, punctuated by some stellar spot news and investigative reporting.

Although he may best be known today for his work over two decades as anchor of ABC's World News Tonight, Jennings' career was first distinguished with his work as a foreign correspondent.

On the scene at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Jennings was perfectly placed to cover the hostage-taking of Israeli athletes by an Arab terrorist group. He and a crew hid in the athletes' quarters for a close-in view of the drama.

He established ABC's bureau in Beirut, and won a Peabody Award for a 1974 profile of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

Upon his return to the anchor desk in 1983, Jennings' international experience served him well on stories such as the first Gulf War and the terrorist bombing of an airplane over Lockerbie, Scotland. Jennings also led a documentary team at ABC News, which struck a chord in 2000 with the high-rated spiritual special "The Search for Jesus."

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