Remembering Peter: Saying Goodbye

By Brian 

In the last week, TVNewser has published more than 50 posts remembering Peter Jennings. This will serve as a capstone to the coverage.

> ABC News mourns: David Westin says goodbye; Colleagues reminisce about their leader; Hundreds of staffers gather for a “very moving tribute;” The network airs special coverage, including “the most beautiful tribute I have ever seen;” Quotes from colleagues who will now carry on the tradition.

> A great life: “One of the best;” Remembering his millennium and 9/11 coverage; Described as “the 007 of network newsmen;” His quiet generosity; He was the anchor’s anchor; “Journalism lost a champion.”

> Viewers react: As thousands of viewers sent well-wishes, he learned how much he was loved; “It’s like “a friend has died;” “I will never forget his voice;” “No one reported like he did;” “He was who I wanted to become.”

> Competitors pay tribute: Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Aaron Brown, Harry Smith, and Bill O’Reilly.

> His battle with cancer: Was “an inspiration to millions;” He was ready to anchor again, and ABC held out hope; He “really thought he was going to beat this;” Anger within ABC about smoking; Viewers honor Jennings by kicking the habit; It’s “the most important message he could ever pass on.”

> End of an era: “We are losing exactly the best of our craft at the worst possible time,” A jarring departure; “The era of the Big Three anchormen may be ending,” editorials say; But why is “end of an era” a bad thing?, Koppel asks; Honor Jennings with more foreign reporting.

> In his own words: Parts one and two; “I can not think of having had a more rewarding career;” He told his sister, “I’ve had such a great life.”