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Peter Jennings: A Reporter's Life [PDF] ✩ Peter Jennings: A Reporter's Life ❤ Kate Darnton – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Peter Jennings was the sole anchor of ABC s World News Tonight from until his death from cancer in For many Americans, he was the voice and face that gave shape and meaning to every day s news But w Peter Jennings was the sole anchor A Reporter's eBook ✓ of ABC s World News Tonight fromuntil his death from cancer inFor many Americans, he was the voice and face that gave shape and meaning to every day s news But who was Peter Jennings really In this absorbing biography, readers will get to know Jennings through the memories of his friends, family, competitors, colleagues, and interview subjects Their stories are full of surprises Jennings, we learn, was a high school dropout who spent the rest of Peter Jennings: eBook ↠ his life in pursuit of knowledge He traveled the world in search of stories, a notebook perpetually thrust through his back belt loop In his front pocket, he carried a miniature copy of the Constitution, a testament to his love for the United States a Canadian by birth, Jennings acquired American citizenship in Peter Jennings was a celebrity, of course a dashingly handsome and elegant man, famous for his ability to charm women and world leaders alike but in these pages he is remembered Jennings: A Reporter's PDF/EPUB Ã as a loyal friend and a devoted family man, who loved nothing than to canoe with his kids and listen to jazz with his friends in the Hamptons Not that he was the relaxing sort Jennings was a task master, who ripped other reporters pieces to shreds, forcing them to rewrite from the ground up He was a perfectionist, too, who drove his fellow correspondents crazy with his ad libbed questions on the air It was all about standards Throughout his life, Peter Jennings was driven by a passion to seek the truth and convey that truth accurately, simply, cleanly, and elegantly to his American audience He was our voice.


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  1. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    The editors took interviews with many 82 people that had been conducted in preparation for a memorial for Peter on TV soon after his passing, at age 67 They mixed and matched quotes from these folks, ordering the mass into a chronological sequence of his life It works much better than it sounds Jennings comes across as a true superstar Son of Charles Jennings, considered by many the Edward R Murrow of Canada, he had the genes and connections for success, but an affinity for mischief and a The editors took interviews with many 82 people that had been conducted in preparation for a memorial for Peter on TV soon after his passing, at age 67 They mixed and matched quotes from these folks, ordering the mass into a chronological sequence of his life It works much better than it sounds Jennings comes across as a true superstar Son of Charles Jennings, considered by many the Edward R Murrow of Canada, he had the genes and connections for success, but an affinity for mischief and a disinterest in school left him a high school dropout He bounced around a bit, but found his way back to broadcasting very young, and by age 26 was anchoring It is clear that he not only had a boundless curiosity, but the charm to satisfy it He was, of course, a ridiculously handsome man, athletic, charming, extremely bright and had an unerring talent for compressing news into informative, short pieces and presenting those to his viewers in a mature, sympathetic way He was not only an excellent journalist, honing his reportorial skills with many years as a foreign correspondent, but was a pretty good person to know, unless, that is, you were one of his wives He seems to have been unable to hold on to marriage forthan six or seven years That was no doubt a result of his extreme womanizing This became public knowledge when Don Imus took some high caliber shots at him at the Radio TV Correspondents Dinner in 1996.Jennings made a considerable contribution to American television journalism by being willing to tell all sides of a story For instance, having had first hand experience in the Middle East, he was eager to tell not only the Israeli perspective on that conflict, but the Palestinian side as well He realized early that AIDS was a serious public health issue and pressed the matter He was also instrumental in covering the Serbian ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia and probably forced the US government to take action there by doing so He found religion fascinating and did several specials on the subject Jennings had wide ranging interests and used his power as one of the big three anchors to promote good journalism He was also a major control freak, constantly rewriting his reporters work, to both their chagrin and ultimately their appreciation I wonder though, how many really believed that his incessant corrections really made the work better, and how many said that merely as a courtesy when he passed He is also reported to have been a major good guy in terms of wanting to listen to people, to helping the needy and not seeking coverage for this, remembering names, actually caring about people He sounds almost saint like to hear some tell it Finally, Peter Jennings was a real person, who lived a remarkable life, had an impact on many, many people through his work, and whatever his personal flaws, deserved the stardom that he achieved I will always remember with deep affection and great appreciation his even tempered coverage of 9 11 Peter Jennings A Reporter s Life is a fascinating read, well worth the time


  2. Amy Amy says:

    Told through brief interviews by the people who knew him best, we glean a little bitabout the man, the son, the brother, the father, the journalist, the reporter, the anchor, the editor, the mentor, the colleague and the friend all of whom encompass Peter Jennings.Below are some of the things that struck a chord with me Peter Jennings was as complex as the world around us.Regarding the War on Terror, the President said if you are not with us, you re against us Jennings believed that the Told through brief interviews by the people who knew him best, we glean a little bitabout the man, the son, the brother, the father, the journalist, the reporter, the anchor, the editor, the mentor, the colleague and the friend all of whom encompass Peter Jennings.Below are some of the things that struck a chord with me Peter Jennings was as complex as the world around us.Regarding the War on Terror, the President said if you are not with us, you re against us Jennings believed that the world is reallycomplicated and that nothing is black and white.He had integrity he was the consummate professional.He was passionate about his role s in life.He was very well read if he wasn t familiar with a topic or didn t know much about a country, its people or its politics he did his homework until he was well versed in the subject matter.He didn t believe that he could adequately convey an event unless he understood why something was happening.He loved world politics, especially those relating to the middle east He often looked at the bigger picture the world.He was like a kid in a candy store when he was reporting abroad.News on the home front was important, but world news was at the top of the food chain.He hated to fly.He was a perfectionist and as such he expected a great deal from those around him.No tabloid journalism for Peter Jennings He hated doing stories on O.J., Brad Angelina, etc There was a place for these stories and it wasn t World News Tonight He could almost be described as a purist his advice to one young journalist Be clear, be fair and don t use adjectives The type of journalism described above required adjectives He wanted raw facts as simply and as quickly as possible He was an emotional man and he worked hard to stay professional in front of the camera The one time that he really came close to losing it was during 9 11 when he turned around to the desk behind him and found a notes that his children had called He turned around and encouraged the public to call their children to make sure they were alright.He cared greatly about his children.Jennings loved doing documentaries Gretchen Barbarovic, Jennings longtime Executive Assistant said that the nightly news was his platform, but the documentaries were his substance.Through meticulous research, he tackled such topics as AIDS, Children s Issues, Religion, the Tobacco Industry and .He liked neckties.Somebody once asked him if it is possible to be objective He answered probably not, but we can be fair.If I had to choose one word to describe this man, it would be compassionate.Finally, Don Hewitt, Creator of CBS News 60 Minutes said that there is a special talent to being an anchor Hewitt hates the word anchor and he coined it In an interview for this book, he talks about being in Chicago during the 1952 political convention where he and others were sitting around talking They had this new kid, Walter Cronkite and they were trying to figure their strategy during the convention They decided it would be like a relay team You ll hand the baton off, but Cronkite will run the anchor leg That s where anchor came from There are anchors today who don t have the slightest idea why they re called anchors they think it has something to do with boats Peter Jennings was the ultimate anchor He was in a class with Walter Cronkite There is no higher compliment


  3. Sarah Sarah says:

    I was saddened by the death of Peter Jennings I had watched him for many years and I felt he was an honest reporter If I ever became famous, I wanted him and no one else to interview me When he died, I looked for a biography, but there wasn t one I was surprised by that, but then something shiny caught my attention and I moved on to other things Then last December when I was in Barnes and Noble looking for a birthday present for Krista, I saw Peter Jennings A Reporter s Life I bought it I was saddened by the death of Peter Jennings I had watched him for many years and I felt he was an honest reporter If I ever became famous, I wanted him and no one else to interview me When he died, I looked for a biography, but there wasn t one I was surprised by that, but then something shiny caught my attention and I moved on to other things Then last December when I was in Barnes and Noble looking for a birthday present for Krista, I saw Peter Jennings A Reporter s Life I bought it without a second thought.It s not a traditional biography Instead, it s lightly edited transcripts of the interviews that were done for the special about his life that ABC aired very soon after his death It is people s verbatim remembrances of their experiences with Peter Jennings and their thoughts about him as a man and a reporter I thought it was a very interesting biography, and I learned quite a few things about Jennings and about world history And the book, though it was about Jennings, was also about being a reporter and how much that has changed since the 50s and 60s.The one thing that I did not like is that, since it was a bunch of people sharing memories and many of those memories were about the same thing, sometimes I felt hammered over the head with a point Six people in a row would say blah and by the third person you got it, you didn t need to keep hearing it So I think that is perhaps a flaw of the editing of the book You didn t read one person s interview from start to finish and then read the next person s instead the book was divided into chapters about a certain aspect of Peter Jennings life and career, and the relevant parts of each person s interview was included in the chapter But this hammering over the head didn t happen much, and didn t detract from my overall enjoyment of the book.I think Peter Jennings was an excellent reporter I learned that the network wasn t influencing the stories that he did Instead, he said he wanted to do a story on Bosnia or tobacco and he did it That s what we as viewers saw the things that he felt it was important for us to know about.He was very concerned about international reporting He felt that we couldn t function within the world if we didn t know what was going on in it He fought for years to be able to includeinternational stories in the half hour broadcast And he usually won If he was doing a story on Sarajevo, he went to Sarajevo, learned about the issues and then told viewers about what was going on there and why He didn t just read the teleprompter or tell us what other people had told him He went to a story and immersed himself in it until he knew all sides of the issue and then he reported back He cared about being fair and being truthful, not about ratings.And we certainly don t have that kind of journalist any reading this book really made me realize that We have hour long shows about how to catch a predator or about some other stupid thing, and it sabout production value and scandal than it is about educating the public about an issue Jennings did tons of hour long documentaries that were all about educating us on the issues he felt we should know about tobacco, AIDS, violence in America, healthcare, etc He wasn t a fluff reporter and he didn t kowtow to the politicos That is something that I very much miss about him.Two interesting things I learned about him one, he was the only non sports reporter at the Olympic games in Munich His bosses sent him over there because he was in the area and they wanted him to cover the games from a non sports angle And of course while he was there the hostage situation happened So he got a huge exclusive on that story, and since he had such a background in Middle East issues he d spent many years there as a foreign correspondent he was able to offer a lot of insight into the situation, explaining who he thought was behind it he was right and why that particular group was doing this Two, when Saddam Hussein went on trial after his capture a few years back, they were not letting any non Iraqi press media in the courtroom None But somehow Peter Jennings got in the courtroom and did a report via his cellphone It was quite the news coup.I enjoyed his newscasts very much, and I m sad that he s no longer with us I hope that we somehow get back to the type of news and journalism that he valued and that he practiced We need it


  4. Patty Patty says:

    I revisited this book after an interruption of a few years and the gap made the contents of this heartfelt tribute to reporter and late ABC News anchor Peter Jennings evenpoignant and distressing Compiled after Jennings 2007 death from lung cancer, the book virtually consists entirely of quotes from Jennings, his family members, friends and colleagues What emerges is a portrait of an extraordinary man who quit high school to work in a bank but because of his innate understanding of how I revisited this book after an interruption of a few years and the gap made the contents of this heartfelt tribute to reporter and late ABC News anchor Peter Jennings evenpoignant and distressing Compiled after Jennings 2007 death from lung cancer, the book virtually consists entirely of quotes from Jennings, his family members, friends and colleagues What emerges is a portrait of an extraordinary man who quit high school to work in a bank but because of his innate understanding of how broadcasting used to work and an insatiable curiosity rose to arguably be one of the most influential journalists in North America He s attributed with bringing the world s attention to the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, shining a spotlight on the AIDS epidemic and homelessness and seriously discussing the role that religious belief plays in shaping the world It s doubtful any journalist will ever again enjoy the clout that Jennings had, to force networks to choose coverage of international news rather than the OJ Simpson trial which, ironically, is when ABC News first started losing viewers Jennings intense and nomadic lifestyle no doubt played a role in the failure of three marriages but his last one, by all accounts, was very happy He was a devoted father who cried when talking about his kids actually, despite his on air professionalism, he cried a lot He was a tough taskmaster, a compulsive editor even to neighbourhood newsletters and a demanding boss but was also loved and respected He knew the names of the homeless people in his affluent neighbourhood because Jennings was INTERESTED He never gave up his habit of scribbling notes in a reporter s notebook and would likely be very dismayed to see what s happening to network news today


  5. Michael Michael says:

    Friends and colleagues share recollections of this magnificent man, telling of his gracious manner, charm, sincerity, fairness, resoluteness, and insatiable curiosity and the list could go on much longer His father was one of Canada s most prominent broadcasters, but Peter dropped out of high school, being interestedin comic books and girls than what he learned in the classroom He spent the rest of his life making up for his lack of formal education by constantly seeking the stories th Friends and colleagues share recollections of this magnificent man, telling of his gracious manner, charm, sincerity, fairness, resoluteness, and insatiable curiosity and the list could go on much longer His father was one of Canada s most prominent broadcasters, but Peter dropped out of high school, being interestedin comic books and girls than what he learned in the classroom He spent the rest of his life making up for his lack of formal education by constantly seeking the stories that define our lives In my mind he was unmatched, possessing a rare balance of empathy and critical thought His intense drive to get it right could be a pain for those he worked with, but certainly enriched their work and our viewing What a brilliant life


  6. Lingling Lingling says:

    The truth is that life which is in a corny way The truth of the matter is that how our consciences guide us every day in the littlest of things not the grandest of things Peter Jennings Enjoy the little things, for one day you make look back and realize they were the big things Robert BraultThose little things create some memorable moments that make our lifefulfilling Did I pay any attention to little things today It s been a slow read, in a good way The author presented The truth is that life which is in a corny way The truth of the matter is that how our consciences guide us every day in the littlest of things not the grandest of things Peter Jennings Enjoy the little things, for one day you make look back and realize they were the big things Robert BraultThose little things create some memorable moments that make our lifefulfilling Did I pay any attention to little things today It s been a slow read, in a good way The author presented the words from Peter and his friends family make mecloser to Peter s life There were many times, those words make me stop and think


  7. Joyce Joyce says:

    I m learning so much about Peter Jennings The oral history approach is a bit repetitive, though I d like a straight biography better.


  8. Jeff Jeff says:

    Peter Jennings was the anchor of ABC World News Tonight for almost three decades before his death from lung cancer in 2006 This book is an oral biography made up primarily of quotes from Peter s friends and co workers that were gathered to be used in a TV special honouring jennings shortly after his death Not only is it a fascinating retrospective of the life of an experienced foreign correspondent and anchor, it is also at times a scathing critique of what the news media has become in the 21s Peter Jennings was the anchor of ABC World News Tonight for almost three decades before his death from lung cancer in 2006 This book is an oral biography made up primarily of quotes from Peter s friends and co workers that were gathered to be used in a TV special honouring jennings shortly after his death Not only is it a fascinating retrospective of the life of an experienced foreign correspondent and anchor, it is also at times a scathing critique of what the news media has become in the 21st century.The books follows Jennings upbringing in Canada as the son of a well known CBC broadcaster, and his first assignments in radio and TV in Canada including time spent as a teen in a private boys school in my town in Ontario Jennings move to the US is chronicled, including his first ill fated role as ABC s national anchor in the mid 60s, followed by successful years as a foreign correspondent, news anchor, documentary producer and live events anchor Entire chapters are devoted to his coverage of the Millenium and to 9 11 He comes across as someone willing to fight for what he believed in when it came to the news As a foreign correspondent, he battled editors to ensure coverage of important world events that others thought Americans wouldn t care about As a documentary producer, he pushed for hour long and two long documentaries on important topics that again editors thought most people wouldn t be interested in But most of the time Jennings instincts proved correct.Some of the quotes in the book are from Jennings himself where he gives honest assessments of the direction news journalism is going, including objectivity It s probably unrealistic to expect total objectivity, but we can be fair , civil discourse he felt there was too much confrontation, that much of our discourse about politics and government had become a shouting match , and religion In the overwhelming majority of newsrooms in America there is an appalling ignorance of religion and faith Reading this book made me wish Jennings was still around His voice would be a sorely needed voice of calm, intelligence and fairness in what is fast becoming a media circus A highly recommended read for anyone remotely interested in TV news journalism and political discourse


  9. Peggy Borucki Peggy Borucki says:

    A wonderful look at someone who really represent true journalism and had style, grace, humility and the consummate gentleman The fairness, humor and making you feel he was reporting the news to you I enjoyed his broadcasts on ABC World News and I enjoyed this book.


  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Absolutely superb.


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