Thursday, August 11, 2005

Remembering Peter Jennings: Bringing Coverage of Religion into the Mainstream

ABC's Peter Jennings is being remembered this week for many aspects of his work, but one aspect that bears particular notice is his efforts to increase network news coverage of religion. He was directly responsible for ABC's 1994 hiring of Peggy Wehmeyer as network news's only full-time religion correspondent. (She was laid off as part of a staff reduction in 2001 and now hosts a radio program for World Vision).

Ted Olsen highlights this aspect of Jennings' work.

Terry Mattingly also posts some thoughts on this thread in Jennings' coverage.

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