Peter Baker Biography
Peter Baker, born Peter Eleftherios Baker is an American journalist and author. He is the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times.
Additionally, he happens to be a political analyst for MSNBC. Currently, he covers President Donald Trump. Prior to this, he covered after Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton making Trump his fourth covered president.
He was briefly assigned as Jerusalem bureau chief for the Times Baker. In December of 2016, he was reassigned back to the White House beat for the incoming Trump administration.
Peter Baker Age
He was born on the 2nd of July in 1967. He was 51 years old as of 2018.
Peter Baker Family
Baker was born in Falls Church, Virginia. He was born to Linda Gross and E. P. Baker. His father was a lawyer while his mother a computer programmer.
He married fellow journalist Susan Glasser in a civil ceremony in 2000. The couple has a son named Theodore. The couple lives in Washington, D.C.
Peter Baker Washington Post
Before he joined The New York Times in 2008, Baker was a reporter for 20 years at The Washington Post. While at the Washington Post, he covered the White House during the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. During his first tour at the White House, he was a co-author of the paper’s first story about the Lewinsky scandal. Additionally, he served as the paper’s lead writer during the subsequent impeachment battle.
In his next White House assignment, he covered the travails of George W. Bush’s second term, from the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina to Supreme Court nomination fights and the economy.
Baker and his wife, Susan Glasser, spent four years as Moscow bureau chiefs, all this was in between stints at the White House. While there, he reported on the rise of Vladimir Putin, the rollback of Russian democracy, the Second Chechen War and the terrorist attack on a theater in Moscow and the Beslan school hostage crisis.
Additionally, he also chronicled the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is lauded as being the first American newspaper journalist to report from rebel-held northern Afghanistan after September 11th of 2001. He spent the next eight months reporting on the overthrow of the Taliban and the emergence of a new government. Later, he spent six months in the Middle East, where he reported from inside Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and around the region before embedding with the U.S. Marines as they drove toward Baghdad.
He won the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2007 while serving as White House correspondent for The Washington Post. He was awarded the prestigious award for his “exceptionally trenchant appraisal” of the achievements and shortfalls of the second year of President George W. Bush’s second term in office.
Peter Baker The New York Times
Following his joining The New York Times in 2008, he received the 2011 Aldo Beckman Memorial Award. This was for his “remarkable run” of detailed coverage of the second year of President Obama’s first term. He was awarded a second Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency and the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award in 2015.
He has written about Donald Trump since the start of his administration, through the problems inside his White House and the many battles with adversaries outside it. The controversies over a travel ban, the firing of the F.B.I. director, the investigation into Russia’s election interference, legislative struggles over health care and tax cuts and decisions of war and peace in Afghanistan, Syria and North Korea are just some of the happenings he has written about.
Aside from his work for MSNBC, he is a regular panelist on PBS’s Washington Week.
Peter Baker Books
He went on to publish his first book, The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton via Scribner, a New York Times bestseller. The book was based on his coverage of the impeachment proceedings in Congress.
In May of 2005, he published his second book, Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution through Scribner, with Susan Glasser. The book tells of a detailed accounting of Vladimir Putin’s consolidation of power during his first term as Russia’s president. The book was later named one of the Best Books of 2005 by The Washington Post Book World.
In October of 2013, he published his third book, Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House through Doubleday. The book is a detailed narrative account of the two-term presidency of George W. Bush. Following its publication, The New York Times Book Review listed the book as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013.
In June of 2017, he published his fourth book, Obama: The Call of History through New York Times/Callaway. The book is a coffee table volume about President Obama’s two terms in office. The book was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography in November of 2017.
In October of 2018, he published a book via Random House called Impeachment: An American History, alongside Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, and Jeffrey A. Engel.
In May of 2019, an updated and greatly expanded version of the Obama book will be published as a regular book. He and his wife are also working on a biography of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III. The book is scheduled to be published by Doubleday in the spring of 2020.
Peter Baker of The New York Times.
Peter Baker Awards
He has been awarded all three major awards devoted to White House reporting. He has been the recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Coverage of the Presidency (twice), the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award (twice) and the Merriman Smith Memorial Award.