Associate Professor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism
Peter is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who has reported from more than a dozen countries. He began his career as a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio, covering the Bosnian war and the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. He went on to help found New York Times Television, a pioneer of small-format TV newsgathering. He was senior producer of Witness, an 18-hour documentary series for CBS in which video-journalists spent months in the field covering a single topic, and he went on to film, edit and produce his own news documentaries, spending as much as a year shadowing a subject.
He was a producer at ABC News’ Law & Justice Unit, conducting investigations for Nightline, 20/20 and World News Tonight. In 1999 he became a staff producer at 60 Minutes, and continues to produce foreign pieces for the eminent American program. He is also the creator and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated History Channel (US) series Beyond Top Secret, which investigates clandestine operations around the world.
In 2005 he was the Canwest Visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia. He has also taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and New York University’s Department of Journalism. He won an Emmy for his 2000 60 Minutes investigation into the former Soviet Union’s smallpox weapons program, and shared an Emmy in 1996 for the Learning Channel documentary Killer Virus. In 2003 he won a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism fellowship in Atlanta.”