Gordon Peterson is hailed as 'Dean of Anchors' by the Washington Post. He brings a rich 44 years of experience covering news in the nation's capital to his assignment as senior correspondent and anchor of ABC7/WJLA-TV's News at 6 p.m.
He's also moderator and executive producer of the nationally-distributed political roundtable 'Inside Washington,’ currently in its 25th year. Peterson came to ABC7 in 2004, from W*USA-TV9, where he had covered each of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and major presidential primaries since 1972, and countless presidential debates. In 2008, reporting for ABC 7 News, Peterson covered the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire and Virginia presidential primaries along with a number of the 2008 presidential debates. Peterson was back in New Hampshire for the 2012 presidential primary and in Tampa and Charlotte for both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
Peterson is an award-winning news anchor, reporter, writer, and producer whose documentary work has taken him to Northern Ireland, Israel, South Africa, Nicaragua, El Salvador, France, Rome, Cambodia, and Kuwait. He has several Emmy Awards for writing and producing documentaries and series such as 'Journey to Normandy,' marking the 50th Anniversary of D-Day, the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 'The Cambodian People: No Place to Call Home,' dealing with Cambodian refugees and 'Faces of Israel,' about the impact of war in Lebanon on Israelis and Palestinians. Peterson's award-winning series, 'Triana, Alabama: A Bad Case of the DDT's,' chronicled the struggle of a small, predominantly African-American community exposed to DDT by a local chemical plant.
Peterson's Emmy Award-winning 'Children of Belfast,' studied the youngest and most vulnerable generations at the height of conflict in Northern Ireland in the late 1970s. Peterson returned two decades later to examine the impact of the cease-fire on their children. 'Lessons of Peace' garnered three Emmy Awards.
A former U.S. Marine Officer, Peterson often reports on problems and challenges facing the U.S. military and veterans. Peterson is the recipient of the Veteran's Administration Involvement award and has been the guest of honor at the Marine Corps War Memorial Sunset Parade.
A member of the 'Society of Professional Journalists' Hall of Fame, Peterson is the recipient of the prestigious Ted Yates Memorial award as an 'Outstanding Journalist of Exceptional Merit,' an award given only by unanimous vote of the board of directors of the Washington Chapter of the National Academy of the Television Arts and Sciences
Before coming to Washington, Peterson covered news and sports for then CBS-owned WEEI radio in Boston, Massachusetts and for CBS radio. He began his broadcasting career as News Director for the CBS-affiliate WNEB radio in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and attended Georgetown University.
In January of 2007, Peterson received the Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps Special Service Award for outstanding service in preparation of a new military justice training video, which will be used to train future generations of Airmen on the intricacies of the Air Force's disciplinary system.
In 2009, Peterson received the National Press Foundation's Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. Previous winners include Tim Russert, Judy Woodruff and David Brinkley.
In 2013, Peterson was part of the ABC-7/WJLA-TV, News Channel 8/ POLITICO team honored with the prestigious USC Annenberg School Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Journalism for its reporting on the 2012 presidential election.
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