is an American broadcast journalist
and Washington, D.C.
-based television news anchor
. He is the 6 p.m. co-anchor for ABC
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
. 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.