He also revealed that D.C. has one of the country’s highest rates of fatal opioid overdoses and profiled a couple struggling to stay alive in the midst of the city’s fentanyl crisis. Peter’s powerful reporting prompted D.C. officials to purchase 66,000 naloxone kits to prevent more overdose deaths. In addition to his beat coverage and enterprise stories, Peter has anchored ledealls, most recently for President Trump’s July 4th extravaganza, and jumped in on breaking news whenever needed.
Before coming to The Post, he covered Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and city hall for the Los Angeles Times. He has written long-form narratives and accountability stories for The Tampa Bay Times and SF Weekly and is a two-time Livingston Award finalist. Peter started his career at the weekly Point Reyes Light, up the Northern California coast from where he grew up in Carmel. But he has also spent time in New England, first at Yale University, where he got his bachelor’s degree in English, and later at The Valley News in West Lebanon, N.H.
An avid reader, Peter has lugged about 250 books from one side of the country to another. He and his wife, Jodie Tillman, and their 2-year-old daughter Clara live in Alexandria.