Peggy Wehmeyer

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Peggy Wehmeyer
Born (1955-07-02) 2 July 1955 (age 61)
Oklahoma City, United States
Occupation Journalist
Spouse(s) Mark Woods (m. 1982; d. 2008)
Children Hannah Woods
Lauren Woods

Peggy Wehmeyer (born 1955) is an American journalist who served for seven years as the religion correspondent on the ABC news television network, before becoming the host and editor of World Vision Report.[1]

Wehmeyer was born in Oklahoma City and was raised mostly in Barbados and Texas. An ethnic German Jew, she is religiously Christian.[2] She is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. As a young woman, Wehmeyer worked at Dallas Theological Seminary in the Public Relations Department. It was while working at DTS that she met her future husband, Mark Woods. In 1994, she was hired by ABC News, with the strong support of Peter Jennings, to become the first full-time religion correspondent on a national news network where she served for seven years.[3] 20/20 and Good Morning America also aired her stories. Prior to her job at ABC, she worked at WFAA-TV in Dallas on the station's religion beat.[4]

In 2002, she left ABC to become the host and anchor of the World Vision Report, the radio arm of the World Vision charitable organization.[5] As host and editor of World Vision Report, she has reported from Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean for the program. She has received multiple awards including two Cine Golden Eagle Awards, the Columbus International Film and Video Festival Award and a New York Festivals award.

Personal life[edit]

Wehmeyer has two adult daughters, Hannah Woods and Lauren Woods (a singer). Her marriage to Mark Woods lasted until his death in 2008[6]


  1. ^ "World Vision Report – About World Vision Report: Peggy Wehmeyer, Host and Managing Editor". Chapel Hill, NC, USA: World Vision. Retrieved May 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ Neff, David (August 15, 1994), "ABC's Peggy Wehmeyer: On the Faith Beat", Christianity Today, 38 (9) 
  3. ^ "ABC Brass Puts Faith In Full-time Religion Reporter". Beaver County Times. September 11, 1994. Retrieved May 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ Cornell, George W. (August 7, 1982). "Texas Woman Explores Dimensions Of TV Religion Beat". The Nashua Telegraph. Retrieved May 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ Hsu, Albert Y. (October 2006). The suburban Christian: finding spiritual vitality in the land of plenty. InterVarsity Press. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-8308-3334-4. Retrieved May 20, 2011. 
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