Peter Baker is the Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times covering President Trump and his administration and contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. He recently returned to the White House beat after a year as Jerusalem Bureau Chief and previously covered President Obama.
Prior to joining the The New York Times, Baker was with The Washington Post where he covered President George W. Bush’s second term, including the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, Supreme Court nominations and midterm elections. He also covered President Bill Clinton’s second term, co-writing the story that broke the Monica Lewinsky scandal and serving as the paper’s lead writer on the subsequent House impeachment battle and Senate trial.
In between stints at the White House, Baker and his wife, Susan B. Glasser, were The Washington Post's Moscow Bureau Chiefs for nearly four years, a period that coincided with the rise of Vladimir Putin and the latest political and economic transformation of Russia. Among other stories, Baker covered the Moscow theater siege, the Beslan school takeover and the war in Chechnya. During that time, Baker also covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and reported from throughout Central Asia and the Middle East. He was the first American newspaper reporter to enter Afghanistan after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and he embedded with the Marines' commanding general on the road to Baghdad.
Baker is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton” (Scribner, 2000), and with Glasser of “Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution” (Scribner, 2005). He is currently working on a book about the Bush presidency for Doubleday.
A native of the Washington area, he attended Oberlin College and worked at The Washington Times before joining The Washington Post in 1988 as a Virginia reporter.