The face of evening news. For me, the face of evening news is the dearly departed network news anchor and journalist Peter Jennings. Throughout my life it seems like Peter Jennings was always there, on the news, covering major events from the Berlin Wall coming down to presidential debates to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He informed and comforted viewers.
Peter Jennings was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His father was a radio broadcaster and much to his father’s dismay Peter got his start at his station when he was away on business. Peter Jennings was nine at the time this happened. Moves and school changes occurred before Peter dropped out of school. He tried working at a bank and as an actor before getting a break to start to realize his dream of following in his father’s footsteps and going into broadcasting. Work with a radio station led to work with a television station and eventually to his move to the United States. He started reporting in New York with a news bureau at ABC. He became America’s youngest news anchor and a foreign correspondent.
His work as an anchor and journalist was very successful. He earned over a dozen Emmys, two George Foster Peabody Awards, and other accolades. He became a naturalized United States citizen a couple of years before his death in 2005. He published articles, published three books, and narrated a television documentary miniseries.
Never give up. Never give up are words Peter Jennings lived by and used to inspire others. He raised funds and donated to childcare centers, schools, and the homeless. He learned about people and directly interacted with and helped people.
Let his story inspire you to never give up. Even when he had self-doubts, obstacles, or competition Peter Jennings kept working for his dreams and for us. Never give up. Have a bright day!