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Peter Jennings by Kate Darnton
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Jun 10, 2012

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bookshelves: biography, canadian, journalism
Read from June 10 to July 04, 2012

To say Peter Jennings lived a full and exciting life would be an understatement. Flipping through the pages of Peter Jennings: A Reporter's Life, one can quickly piece together the fascinating narrative that Jennings lived. Born in Canada -- and a proud Canadian -- Jennings was a high school drop out, yet found work in the United States as a broadcast journalist. After not finding success as America's youngest news anchor, he earned his stripes through traveling the world to cover stories and then eventually came back to New York City to anchor World News Tonight.

Organized in chapters by topic, this biography is unlike others due to its writing style. Instead of one voice telling the story of Jennings' life, the book is comprised by quoted paragraphs from many individuals who knew Peter personally. These reoccurring individuals tell stories as if you are sitting with them over a cup of coffee and allow for the smallest details of Peter's life to creep their way onto the pages. In this regard, Peter Jennings: A Reporter's Life becomes more of a curation of information.

With fascinating stories and an inspiration to journalists everywhere, this book helps to appreciate Peter Jennings' life and dedication to journalism, honesty, integration and people in general. Definitely a recommended read, particularly to aspiring journalists.

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