Peter Jennings Reporting

It's just a Nexis dump, but it's perhaps the best Nexis dump we've read. The Observer's Rebecca Dana looks at Peter Jennings as a New Yorker — he called the city to register a complaint about Al Gore's campaign closing part of Central Park, he volunteered with the Coalition for the Homeless, he wished there were better restaurants on the Upper West Side — and she collates the best moments of that New Yorker's September 11 coverage:

It was just after 9 p.m. on Sept. 11, and he had been in the anchor chair for 12 hours. And he became highly emotional here, uncharacteristically choking his words, much as Walter Cronkite did when he announced President John F. Kennedy's death.

It would be another five hours before he took his first real break.


JENNINGS: We do not very often make recommendations for people's behavior from this chair, but as Lisa was talking, I checked in with my children, and it — who are deeply distressed, as I think young people are across the United States. And so if you're a parent, you've got a kid in some other part of the country, call them up. Exchange observations.

Go read it.

Jennings' Finest 60 Hours, As We Watched them [NYO]