Throughout the last three United States presidencies, whenever you were reading about a major political event, more likely than not, you were reading the work of Peter Baker. One of the principal journalists covering the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations, Peter Baker now acts as the chief White House correspondent for the New York Times. A best-selling author, Baker has covered some of the most dramatic political issues and scandals in American history, including the Clinton administration’s Monica Lewinsky scandal, as well as the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, Supreme Court nominations and the American economy. His rare, intimate knowledge of the three most recent U.S. presidencies gives him a unique perspective on government, leadership and justice. Beyond the White House, Baker has also been instrumental in covering decades of major international stories, including the rise of Vladimir Putin and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Baker’s political savvy and fearless attitude has put him on the forefront of political journalism. His award-winning coverage of the Bush administration led to the publication of Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, the definitive history of that presidency that was named one of the Five Best Nonfiction Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review. It was also Baker who co-authored the original Washington Post story breaking the Monica Lewinsky story. Having served as the Washington Post’s lead writer during the subsequent impeachment battle, Baker’s book, The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton, quickly became a New York Times best seller. Baker was also the first American newspaper journalist to report from rebel-held northern Afghanistan after 9/11, and he spent the next eight months reporting on the overthrow of the Taliban and the emergence of a new Afghan 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 US Marines as they drove toward Baghdad. Spending four years as Moscow Bureau Chiefs, Baker and his wife chronicled the rise of Vladimir Putin, the rollback of Russian democracy, the second Chechen war, and the terrorist attacks on a theater in Moscow and a school in Beslan. Their book 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. In the world of international political journalism, Baker’s resume is one that is rarely equaled.
Peter Baker is a voice the public depends on. In his presentations, Baker shares the valuable lessons he’s learned from his time reporting at the White House and around the world. Baker has spent his career informing the public on some of the most pressing political issues in American history. His keynotes are not only informative, but also provide audiences with an authentic understanding of the hardships during some of the most trying times in American history. Furthermore, his first-hand knowledge of contemporary Russian politics is unparalleled, providing audiences with insight into one of the most fascinating and historic political journeys of our time. Going beyond partisan lines, Peter Baker’s dramatic and captivating presentations will be sure to not only enthrall audiences, but also leave them with a vital understanding of the political world we live in.
- 2014:Won Merriman Smith Memorial Award for Excellence in Presidential Coverage
- 2013: Published Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, listed on the notable or best books of the year by the Washington Post, National Journal, the Niemen Reports and Barnes and Noble
- 2011: Won the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award for his coverage of Obama
- 2008- Present: Chief White House Correspondent for the New York Times and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine
- 2008: Won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Coverage of the Presidency for his reporting on Bush
- 2005: Published Kremlin Rising, listed as one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, Book World
- 2000: Published The Breach, New York Times bestseller
- 1988-2008: Reporter for the Washington Post