Peter Jennings has Lung Cancer
ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings has been diagnosed with lung cancer, according to reports from the AP and Canadian television.
Peter Jennings, the chief ABC News anchorman for more than 20 years, has been diagnosed with lung cancer and will begin outpatient treatment next week, the network said Tuesday. Jennings, 66, told ABC News staff of his diagnosis Thursday morning and said he will continue to anchor the broadcast when he feels up to it as he begins chemotherapy. He last anchored World News Tonight on Friday and was too ill to work Saturday during the network’s special report on Pope John Paul’s death.
“There will be good days and bad, which means some days I may be cranky and some days really cranky,” he told ABC News employees in an e-mail.
Jennings, who was born in Toronto in 1938 and raised in Ottawa, began his broadcasting career in Canada. At the age of nine, he hosted his own weekly children’s show on CBC Radio. In 1962 he became co-anchor of the CTV national newscast and two years later moved to New York to join ABC-TV News. Jennings became a U.S. citizen in 2003 but still retained his Canadian citizenship.
ABC News “World News Tonight” anchor Peter Jennings has been diagnosed with lung cancer, and will begin outpatient treatment next week. Jennings is expected to continue anchoring the news during the chemotherapy “to the extent he can do so comfortably,” ABC News President David Westin wrote in an e-mail today to the network’s news staff. Charlie Gibson, Elizabeth Vargas and others will be substituting for Peter as necessary.
“He’s already bringing to this new challenge the courage and strength we’ve seen so often in his reporting from the field and in anchoring ABC News,” Westin wrote.
Jennings told “World News Tonight” senior staffers about his illness today. “Almost 10 million Americans are living with cancer,” Jennings wrote. “I am sure I will learn from them how to cope with the facts of life that none of us anticipated.”
My best wishes for his speedy recovery.
hat tip: Michael Demmons