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Charlie Peters
Founding Editor
The Washington Monthly

Charlie Peters is President of Understanding Government, a non-profit organization dedicated to better government through better reporting about executive branch agencies. Peters is also the Founding Editor of The Washington Monthly. He retired as editor in 2001.

Peters has a BA and a MA from Columbia University and a JD from the University of Virginia. He is author of three books, Five Days in Philadelphia, How Washington Really Works, and Tilting at Windmills. Peters is the co-author of five other books Blowing the Whistle: Dissent in the Public Interest, The System, The Culture of Bureaucracy, Inside the System, and A New Road for America: The Neoliberal Movement.

In West Virginia, Peters practiced law, served in the legislature and managed John Kennedy’s 1960 campaign in his county. He then worked as Director of Evaluation for the Peace Corps from 1962 to 1968.

Peters was named the recipient of the first Richard M. Clurman Award in 1996 for his work mentoring young journalists. He also received the Columbia Journalism Award in 1978 and was a Poynter Fellow at Yale University in 1980, the Delacorte Lecturer at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in 1990 and 2003 and visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in 1994. In 2001, he was elected to the Hall of Fame of the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Hall of Fame of the D.C. Society of Professional Journalists.

In 2002 he was the Times Mirror David M. Laventhol Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. In 2003 he received the Carr Van Anda Award, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University. He was a Public Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, September 2002 through April 2003.

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