Peter Jennings

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Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings (July 29, 1938 – August 7, 2005) was a Canadian-American journalist who served as the sole anchor of ABC World News Tonight from 1983 until his death from lung cancer in 2005.wikipedia
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Appomattox campaign

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He pronounced lieutenant as "leftenant", mangled the pronunciation of "Appomattox", and misidentified the "Marines' Hymn" as "Anchors Aweigh" at Lyndon Johnson's presidential inauguration; his lack of in-depth knowledge of American affairs and culture led critics to deride Jennings as a "glamorcaster".

Marines' Hymn

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He pronounced lieutenant as "leftenant", mangled the pronunciation of "Appomattox", and misidentified the "Marines' Hymn" as "Anchors Aweigh" at Lyndon Johnson's presidential inauguration; his lack of in-depth knowledge of American affairs and culture led critics to deride Jennings as a "glamorcaster".

Anchors Aweigh

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He pronounced lieutenant as "leftenant", mangled the pronunciation of "Appomattox", and misidentified the "Marines' Hymn" as "Anchors Aweigh" at Lyndon Johnson's presidential inauguration; his lack of in-depth knowledge of American affairs and culture led critics to deride Jennings as a "glamorcaster".

Lyndon B. Johnson

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He pronounced lieutenant as "leftenant", mangled the pronunciation of "Appomattox", and misidentified the "Marines' Hymn" as "Anchors Aweigh" at Lyndon Johnson's presidential inauguration; his lack of in-depth knowledge of American affairs and culture led critics to deride Jennings as a "glamorcaster".

Correspondent

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After three rocky years at the anchor desk, Jennings quit to become a foreign correspondent.

Beirut

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In 1968, he established ABC's Middle East bureau in Beirut, Lebanon, the first American television news bureau in the Arab world.

Lebanon

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In 1968, he established ABC's Middle East bureau in Beirut, Lebanon, the first American television news bureau in the Arab world.

Arab–Israeli conflict

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As ABC's Beirut bureau chief, Jennings soon became familiar with the intricacies of the Arab–Israeli conflict, including the rise of the Palestinian Black September Organization during the early 1970s.

Palestinians

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As ABC's Beirut bureau chief, Jennings soon became familiar with the intricacies of the Arab–Israeli conflict, including the rise of the Palestinian Black September Organization during the early 1970s.

Palestine Liberation Organization

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He conducted the first American television interview with Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat.

Yasser Arafat

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He conducted the first American television interview with Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat.

American University of Beirut

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While stationed in the Lebanese capital, Jennings dated Palestinian activist Hanan Ashrawi, who was then a graduate student in literature at the American University in Beirut.

Munich massacre

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In 1972, Jennings covered his first major breaking news story, the Munich Olympics massacre of Israeli athletes by Black September.

Black September Organization

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As ABC's Beirut bureau chief, Jennings soon became familiar with the intricacies of the Arab–Israeli conflict, including the rise of the Palestinian Black September Organization during the early 1970s. In 1972, Jennings covered his first major breaking news story, the Munich Olympics massacre of Israeli athletes by Black September.

Yom Kippur War

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In 1973, he covered the Yom Kippur War, and the following year, he served as chief correspondent and co-producer of Sadat: Action Biography, a profile of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat that would win him his first of two George Foster Peabody Awards.

Anwar Sadat

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In 1973, he covered the Yom Kippur War, and the following year, he served as chief correspondent and co-producer of Sadat: Action Biography, a profile of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat that would win him his first of two George Foster Peabody Awards.

Washington, D.C.

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Jennings returned to the U.S. at the end of 1974 to become Washington correspondent and news anchor for ABC's new morning program AM America, a predecessor to Good Morning America.

Today (American TV program)

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ABC was hoping that the show, in which it had invested US$8 million, would challenge NBC's highly popular Today.

Iran

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He continued to cover the Middle East, and in 1978 he was the first Canadian or American reporter to interview the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran, then in exile in Paris.

Paris

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He continued to cover the Middle East, and in 1978 he was the first Canadian or American reporter to interview the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran, then in exile in Paris.

Nielsen ratings

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Meanwhile, ABC News and its newly installed president, Roone Arledge, were preparing an overhaul of its nightly news program, which was then known as ABC Evening News and whose ratings had languished in third place behind CBS and NBC since its inception.

Harry Reasoner

In the late 1970s, a disastrous pairing of Harry Reasoner and Barbara Walters at the anchor desk left the network searching for new ideas.

Barbara Walters

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In the late 1970s, a disastrous pairing of Harry Reasoner and Barbara Walters at the anchor desk left the network searching for new ideas.

London

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On July 10, 1978, World News Tonight debuted with Frank Reynolds in Washington, Max Robinson in Chicago, and Jennings in London.

Wide World of Sports (American TV program)

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By the summer of 1979, the innovative broadcast, which featured some of the same glitzy presentation as Arledge's previous television coup, Wide World of Sports, had climbed in the ratings.