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journalist

Peter Baker is an American political writer and newspaper reporter who is the White House correspondent for The New York Times and a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine.

Background

Baker, Peter Eleftherios was born on July 2, 1967 in Falls Church, Virginia, United States. Son of Eleftherios Peter Baker and Linda Jean (Gross) Sinrod.

Education

Student, Oberlin College, 1984-1986.

Career

He is responsible for covering President Barack Obama and the Obama administration. Prior to joining The New York Times in 2008, Baker was a reporter for 20 years at The Washington Post, where he also covered the White House during the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. During his first tour at the White House, Baker co-authored the paper's first story about the Lewinsky scandal and served as the paper's lead writer during the subsequent impeachment battle.

During his next White House assignment, he covered the travails of Bush's second term, from the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina to Supreme Court nomination fights and the economy. Baker also covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was the first American newspaper journalist to report from rebel-held northern Afghanistan after Sept.

11, 2001, and he spent the next eight months covering the overthrow of the Taliban and the emergence of a new government. He later spent six months in the Middle East, reporting from inside Saddam Hussein's Iraq and around the region before embedding with the U.S. Marines as they drove toward Baghdad. Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution was named one of the Best Books of 2005 by The Washington Post Book World.

Baker is a regular panelist on PBS's Washington Week and a frequent guest on other television and radio programs. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Baker attended Oberlin College, where he worked as a reporter for the student newspaper, The Oberlin Review. After graduating, he worked for The Washington Times for two years before joining the Post in 1988 as a reporter covering Virginia news.

In October 2013, Baker published Days Of Fire, which was listed as one of the top ten books of 2013 by The New York Times.

Achievements

  • He won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Coverage of the Presidency for his reporting on Bush, and the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award for his coverage of Obama.

Membership

Member Society for Professional Journalists, White House Corrs. Association.

Connections

father:
Eleftherios Peter Baker Sinrod

mother:
Linda Jean (Gross) Sinrod