Chief White House Correspondent, The New York Times
Stephen M. Kellen Distinguished Visitor - Class of Fall 2023
Peter Baker is the chief White House correspondent for the New York Times, responsible for reporting on President Biden, the fifth president he has covered. He previously wrote about Presidents Donald J. Trump and Barack Obama for the Times and Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush for the Washington Post.
Baker and his wife, Susan Glasser, spent four years as Moscow bureau chiefs for the Washington Post, chronicling the rise of Vladimir Putin, the rollback of Russian democracy. Baker was the first American newspaper journalist to report from rebel-held northern Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001, and spent the next eight months covering the overthrow of the Taliban and the emergence of a new government. He later traveled the Middle East for six months, reporting from inside Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and around the region before embedding with the United States Marines as they drove toward Baghdad. He also served briefly as New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief.
Baker is the author of seven books, most recently The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021, written with Susan Glasser.
Baker has won all three major awards devoted to White House reporting: the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Coverage of the Presidency (twice), the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award (twice) and the Merriman Smith Memorial Award. Baker is also a political analyst for MSNBC and a regular panelist on PBS’s “Washington Week.”