Peter Baker is an American political writer and newspaper reporter who is currently White House correspondent for New York Times and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine 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 original story breaking the Lewinsky scandal and served as the paperâ€™s lead writer during the subsequent impeachment battle. During his next White House assignment, he covered the travails of Bushâ€™s second term, from the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina to Supreme Court nomination fights and the economy.
In between stints at the White House, Baker and his wife, Susan Glasser, spent four years as Moscow Bureau Chiefs, chronicling the rise of Vladimir Putin, the rollback of Russian democracy, the Second Chechen War and the terrorist attacks on a theater in Moscow and the Beslan school hostage crisis. 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.
Baker is a regular panelist on PBSâ€™s â€œWashington Weekâ€ and a frequent guest on other television and radio programs. A native of the Washington area, Baker attended Oberlin Colelge and worked for The Washington Times for two years before joining The Post in 1988 as a Virginia reporter. He and Glasser live in Washington with their son Theodore.