Holly Peterson

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Holly Peterson
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Born1964 (age 54–55)
EducationPhillips Academy
Brown University
OccupationJournalist, novelist
Parent(s)Peter George Peterson
Sally Peterson

Holly Peterson (born 1964) is an American producer, journalist and novelist. The daughter of Peter George Peterson, she was a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine, an editor-at-large for Talk magazine and an Emmy award-winning producer for ABC News, where she covered global politics.[1] She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Manny.

Early life and education[edit]

Holly Peterson was born in 1964 Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Peter George Peterson and psychologist Sally Peterson.[2] Her stepmother is Joan Ganz Cooney. Her stepfather, Michael Carlisle, is a partner at the book publishing company Inkwell Management.

She lived in Washington D.C. in elementary school, and moved to New York City where she attended Brearley School and Dalton School before graduating from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1983. She majored in History and Russian Language and Literature at Brown University.


After college, she worked in Washington, D.C. as a radio producer for the political consulting firm Squier/Eskew run by Robert Squier and Carter Eskew. She then moved back to New York where she was hired by ABC News[3] and where she remained a producer of both Primetime Live with Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson and World News Tonight with Peter Jennings for a dozen years, winning a National Press Club Award and a television news Emmy Award for Outstanding Coverage of a Single Breaking News event for the 1991 coup that dissolved the USSR during Christmas of that year. She then worked for Tina Brown at Talk magazine in the role of editor-at-large where she penned a column called "Money Talks" and published several long oral histories. Peterson worked as contributing editor at Newsweek and wrote several pieces, a cover on Oprah Winfrey and several packages on women and leadership. She left the magazine in 2007.

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the board of trustees of The Children's Storefront, an independent school in Harlem.[4] She is on the board of trustees of the Studio Museum in Harlem and New York Presbyterian Hospital.


Aside from Newsweek,[5] she has written for The Daily Beast,[6] The New York Times,[7][8] Avenue,[9] Town and Country, [10] ModernLuxury.com,[11] The Beach blog of ModernLuxury.com,[12] Talk (which was published from 1999 to 2001),[13] and Hamptons magazines,[14] Departures,[15] Elle Decor,[16] Vogue Living, [17] Talk Magazine, [18] Talk Profiles, [19] Beach Magazine, [20] Plum Magazine, [21] Hamptons Magazine, [22] Manhattan Magazine, [23] New York Social Diary, [24]

Her first novel The Manny, a satire of the lives of wealthy people in New York City, quickly arose to the New York Times best seller list in July 2007.[25][26] Her second novel, The Idea of Him was published in 2014 by Harper Collins. It is another work of social satire based on the high powered New Yorkers who came from nothing and made fortunes. It is also a love story of a woman who is trying to figure out if she is in love with the man or just the idea of him.[27] In June 2016, Peterson released Smoke and Fire, published by Assouline. The book contains over 60 recipes and 100 photographs featuring outdoor entertaining ideas. [28] In May 2017, Peterson released It Happens in the Hamptons published by William Morrow Paperbacks. [29] In the Hamptons, the everyday people are as complicated and fascinating as the millionaires.

Personal life[edit]

Peterson married investment banker Richard A. Kimball Jr. (with whom she had three children)[30] in 1994.[2] She and Kimball were divorced in 2009.


  1. ^ Official website: About Holly Peterson
  2. ^ a b "Weddings – Holly Peterson, Richard A. Kimball Jr". The New York Times. 1994-09-11. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-10-14.
  3. ^ "ABC News Videos - Holly Peterson". Holly Peterson. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  4. ^ Storefront Academy Harlem: Board of Trustees
  5. ^ Peterson, Holly. "Lessons We Have Learned". Newsweek.
  6. ^ Peterson, Holly. "40 Schmoes, 6 Surfers, and a Supreme Court Justice". The Daily Beast.
  7. ^ Peterson, Holly. "Let's Roll". New York Times.
  8. ^ Peterson, Holly. "The Original Manny". New York Times.
  9. ^ Peterson, Holly. "Avenue Magazine".
  10. ^ "Search". Town & Country. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  11. ^ Peterson, Holly. "Woman on Fire". Manhattan.
  12. ^ Peterson, Holly. "Slow Down Summer". Beach.
  13. ^ "Talk Magazine".
  14. ^ "Hamptons Magazine".
  15. ^ "Departures Magazine Luxury Travel". Departures. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  16. ^ "HOUSE TOUR: A "Plain Old Boring" Beach House Is Transformed Into A Vibrant Hamptons Home". ELLE Decor. 2014-07-21. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  17. ^ "Vogue Living - Holly Peterson". Holly Peterson. 2013-09-26. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  18. ^ "Talk Magazine - Articles - Holly Peterson". Holly Peterson. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  19. ^ "Talk Magazine -Money Talks Profiles - Holly Peterson". Holly Peterson. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  20. ^ "Beach Magazine - Holly Peterson". Holly Peterson. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  21. ^ "Plum Magazine - Holly Peterson". Holly Peterson. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  22. ^ "Hamptons Magazine - Holly Peterson". Holly Peterson. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  23. ^ "Manhattan Magazine - Holly Peterson". Holly Peterson. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  24. ^ "Letter from Wellington - Holly Peterson". Holly Peterson. 2018-04-02. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  25. ^ "The Manny is New York Times Best Seller". Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  26. ^ Salkin, Allen (2007-06-17). "Manny and the Socialites: Let's Roll". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
  27. ^ "Harper Collins Publishers". Harper Collins. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  28. ^ "Smoke & Fire". ASSOULINE. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  29. ^ "It Happens in the Hamptons - Holly Peterson - E-book". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  30. ^ Golodryga, Bianna (April 1, 2014). "'The Idea of Him' Beats the Actual Him". ABC News. Retrieved 7 November 2015.