Gordon Peterson

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Gordon Peterson is an American broadcast journalist and Washington, D.C.-based television news anchor. He is the 6 p.m. co-anchor for ABC affiliate WJLA-TV and is also moderator and producer of Inside Washington, a political roundtable discussion about current political events going on in Washington. He has won multiple Emmy Awards during his broadcast career.

Life and career

Peterson has worked at Washington, D.C. local news stations for most of his career. He worked for WUSA (Channel 9) as the news anchor for 35 years before switching to rival station WJLA (Channel 7) after station management for the former station decided to cut his airtime. Peterson graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and attended Georgetown University without finishing a degree program. He became news director for AM radio station WNEB in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts before moving to CBS's Boston affiliate, WEEI. He also served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Peterson first arrived in Washington in the fall of 1969, working as a reporter for both WTOP radio and television, and within two years was named co-anchor with fellow staffer Max Robinson of The Big News, which later evolved into Eyewitness News. He would remain the main anchor at Channel 9 for 33 years amid many changes on and off-camera. For most of that period he co-anchored with Maureen Bunyan, with whom he was reunited on the 6 p.m. news on WJLA-TV in December 2004.

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