Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent, The New York Times; author, “Obama: The Call of History”
Department:WWS Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Audience:Open to the Public
As Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times, Peter Baker has no shortage of stories to tell. He covers the Trump White House, just as he covered Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Baker writes about all aspects of the Trump presidency, from the Russia investigation to the president’s clashes with Congress, all within the backdrop of Trump’s almost daily critique of the press, which often takes particular aim at The New York Times.
A book sale and signing will follow the discussion. “Obama: The Call of History” is a comprehensive coffee table history of the eight years of the Obama presidency, and examines Obama’s legacy, as well as his achievements and disappointments.
In addition to his work at The Times, Baker is a political analyst for MSNBC and a regular panelist on PBS’s Washington Week. He was a reporter for 20 years at The Washington Post before joining The Times in 2008. In between stints at the White House, Baker and his wife, Susan B. Glasser (chief international affairs columnist for Politico), spent four years as Moscow bureau chiefs for The Post, chronicling the rise of Vladimir Putin. Baker also covered the early months of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Baker’s previous book, “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House,” was named one of the five Best Nonfiction Books of the year (2013) by The New York Times Book Review, a Notable Book of the Year by The Washington Post, and one of the best books of the year by National Journal, Barnes and Noble, and the Nieman Reports. He is also author of The New York Times Best-seller, “The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton” (2000), and co-author with Glasser of “Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution” (2005). The pair are currently working on a biography of former Secretary of State (and Princeton alumnus) James Baker III ’52.
Peter Baker has won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Coverage of the Presidency twice, the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award for White House reporting twice, and the Merriman Smith Memorial Award.