Peter Jennings is dead.
Of the big three anchors, he was always my first choice. Whether it was watching coverage of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, 9-11, any election night over the past 20 years, or just a normal news day, Peter Jennings was a man I trusted to tell me the news.
He was the type of news anchor I wanted to be. His mannerisms, his tone, his ‘quick look down at the script as he changed stories and of course his credibility.
There is an entire generation of college age-kids who never had another ABC news anchor in their lifetime. He was smooth, credible and very professional. I felt as I watched him describe our world every night that he was giving me the straight story.
My favorite Peter Jennings story was from 1992 or 93 when he successfully campaigned for a full-time religion reporter for the network. He produced and hosted a special report then on Religion in America, and it was fantastic. I heard stories then that Peter Jennings had been moved by what he experienced and came to know Christ. I pray it was true.