NEW YORK — Fans north of the border don’t have to fret: Peter Jennings hasn’t renounced his Canadian citizenship.
But the ABC “World News Tonight” anchor has indeed become a U.S. citizen as well. A good student, he even scored 100% on the citizenship test.
The Canadian-born Jennings was sworn in as a U.S. citizen on May 30 but kept the momentous event secret until attending a July 4 party in Bridgehampton, Long Island. Amid the celebration of Uncle Sam’s b-day, Jennings — who came to work for ABC News in 1964 — couldn’t help but share the news.
“This was an important July Fourth for me. I celebrated it for the first time as an American citizen, which I became at the end of May. It was a very, very happy moment in my life, for me, my wife and my two children,” Jennings told various reporters Tuesday. “It has been on my mind for many years, obviously.”
Jennings said there is no doubt that the experience of 9/11 had a deep effect on him.
“As I traveled the country afterward, I felt connected in new ways, more deeply than ever connected to the Founding Fathers’ dreams and ideas for the future,” Jennings said.
And, left unsaid, is that his becoming a citizen also removes a bone of contention for conservative critics of the formerly foreign anchor.