Peter Jennings detested complacency. He loved a fresh idea; “I am fascinated by everything,” he said, a comment used in many of the obituaries a year ago. “I get up every day thinking that something is going to happen in the world that I didn’t know about yesterday. And I have the opportunity to pass some of that on to the audience.” Perhaps more than anything, Peter had this zeal for living and working and learning and knowing that said to the rest of us, If I am so excited by what it is we do, then you should be, too.

And so we are.

And that — for those of us who still put together the program he built — is the legacy of Peter Jennings.

Thomas Nagorski is the Senior Broadcast Producer for ABC’s World News With Charles Gibson.

Thomas Nagorski is executive vice president of the Asia Society.