Cancer Type – Lung
Bio – The anchor of World News Tonight went on air to announce to the public he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and would be starting aggressive chemotherapy.
Short Story – Known for his journalism on ABC’s “World News Tonight” Peter Jenning’s passed at the age of 67 after a battle with lung cancer. The nation’s leading cancer killer is difficult to diagnose.
The two major types of lung cancer are “non-small cell” and “small cell” lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer is much more common and normally disperses to different areas of the body more gradually than small cell lung cancer.
Jennings never revealed which type of cancer he fought; however, he admitted to smoking, quitting for 20 years, and having a relapse after the September 11th attacks.
The time from diagnosis to his passing was short. He started aggressive chemotherapy in the spring of 2005 and lost the fight in August with his family by his side.
Jennings faced his disease with realism, courage, and a firm hope that he would be one of the fortunate ones.
No matter how famous he became or how much money he had, Peter gave not only money but time and personally handed out meals to the homeless. He also helped build a charter school in Newark, NJ, by opening his wallet.
The Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution was named after Peter; its goal is to help people have a better understanding of the constitution.
CUNY has a scholarship in Peter’s name as well. The Peter Jennings HSE Laurel Award Scholarship is to help High School Equivalency graduates and to help defray the costs of higher education. The scholarship is in its 17th year.
Thank you, Peter, for being strong and your commitment to journalism in America.
|Born||Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings, July 29, 1938, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Died||August 7, 2005 (aged 67), Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Cause of death||Complications from lung cancer|
|Occupation||Television journalist, anchor|
|Notable credit(s)||ABC Evening Report/Peter Jennings with the News (1965–1967), ABC World News Tonight Foreign Desk Anchor (1978–1983), Anchor (1983–2005), ABC News reporter (1964–2005)|
|Spouse(s)||Valerie Godsoe (div.), Anoushka Malauf (div.), Kati Marton (m. 1979, div. 1993), Kayce Freed (1997–2005; his death)|
|Children||Elizabeth Jennings (born 1979), Christopher Jennings (born 1982)|
|Parent(s)||Charles Jennings, Elizabeth Osborne Jennings|