Peter Alexander (journalist)

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Peter Alexander
Peter Marvin Alexander

(1976-07-29) July 29, 1976 (age 42)
EducationHead-Royce School
Alma materNorthwestern University
EmployerNBC News
Alison Starling (m. 2012)
Children2 daughters
Parent(s)David and Terry Alexander
RelativesRebecca Alexander (sister)

Peter Marvin Alexander[1] (born July 29, 1976) is an American journalist working for NBC News. Alexander was named NBC News White House correspondent in December 2012. In October 2018 he was named co-anchor of Today on Saturdays. His reports appear across all platforms of NBC News, including NBC Nightly News, Today, Meet the Press, Dateline NBC, MSNBC and[2] He is a Saturday co-anchor for Today alongside Sheinelle Jones and Dylan Dreyer[3], but he also continues as a NBC News national correspondent based in Washington, D.C. and a White House correspondent. His sister Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist living in New York City.

Early life[edit]

Alexander was born on July 29, 1976[4] to a Jewish family[5][6] in Oakland, California, the son of Terry (née Pink) and David Alexander, an attorney,[7][8][9] who are divorced.[6] He has two younger twin siblings (born February 4, 1979): lawyer Daniel Alexander[10] and psychotherapist Rebecca Alexander, who has Usher syndrome type III.[6][11][12][13] By his father, he has a half-sister, Lauren. Alexander is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.[14]


Since arriving at NBC News in 2004, Alexander has covered many international stories— from Iraq’s historic election in 2005 to the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, and the tsunami in Indonesia. He has filed reports from Afghanistan, the Galápagos Islands, Gaza Strip, Israel, Laos and Mexico. Alexander’s work also includes environmental reporting from the Northwest Passage in the Arctic, and reports on the deeply personal story of his sister, Rebecca, who has Usher Syndrome, type III — a rare genetic disorder that is robbing her of her vision and her hearing.

Alexander has covered numerous breaking news events, including anchoring live coverage of the "Miracle on the Hudson" and the Virginia Tech shooting. In 2010, he reported on the international controversy surrounding WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. In addition to his news responsibilities, Alexander has also served as an NBC Sports host, and covered both the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2010 Winter Olympics.

White House correspondent[edit]

Alexander served as a White House correspondent from 2012 to March 2014.

He covered Presidency of Barack Obama, traveling all across the world with the president.

He is a NBC News national correspondent based in Washington, D.C.. He still frequently reports from the White House and anchors on MSNBC.

Weekend Today[edit]

Alexander had previously been filling in on the show for Craig Melvin, who recently left his role as co-host of the Saturday morning version of Today to join the weekday edition and continue his hosting duties on MSNBC Live With Craig Melvin.[15] He will continue his roles of a national correspondent and a white house correspondent.

Personal life[edit]

On April 21, 2012, Alexander married Alison Starling, an anchor at WJLA-TV (Washington, DC's ABC affiliate). The couple have two children and live outside of Washington, D.C..[16][17][5]


He was nominated for the Outstanding Live Coverage of a Breaking News Story – Long Form News & Documentary Emmy Award for his participation in the NBC News Special Report: The Death of Pope John Paul II (2005) news documentary.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Annual Commencement/Northwestern University".
  2. ^ Staff (March 10, 2011). "Peter Alexander". NBC News. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  3. ^ Ivie, Devon. "Peter Alexander Joins Today, But Not As Megyn Kelly's Replacement". Vulture. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "Peter M Alexander, Born 07/29/1976 in California -".
  5. ^ a b Marx, Ben (February 15, 2018). "NBC News' Peter Alexander on Cubs Fanaticism, Ballet, and His Proudest Moment as a Dad". Fatherly. I’m Jewish, the girls go to a Jewish preschool. One of my favorite joys is sharing Shabbat with them on Friday nights. The girls light the candles and we sing the blessings together. My wife is not Jewish but is the world’s best mom and has totally embraced these traditions and I look forward to the girls being Bat Mitzvah’d one day.
  6. ^ a b c Harris, Liz (September 19, 2014). "Fading sight and sound turn Oakland native into a fighter". J. The Jewish News of Northern California.
  7. ^ "How Rebecca Alexander Navigates Life in New York While Going Deaf and Blind -- New York Magazine".
  8. ^ "Ready for the Spotlight: Rebecca Alexander Shares Her Story of Living with Usher Syndrome - Eye on the Cure".
  9. ^ "Etta Wechsler Pink". Chicago Tribune. May 28, 2016.
  10. ^ "Kevin Daniel Alexander, Born 02/04/1979 in California -".
  11. ^ "Lighthouse International - Rebecca Alexander".
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Rebecca Ann Alexander, Born 02/04/1979 in California -".
  14. ^ Staff (March 10, 2011). "Peter Alexander". NBC News. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  15. ^ "Peter Alexander Officially Joins NBC's 'Today' as Saturday Co-Anchor". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  16. ^ Announced on WJLA-TV's 5 pm news broadcast, 7/23/13.[full citation needed]
  17. ^ "ABC 7 anchor Alison Starling gives birth to a baby girl". WJLA.
  18. ^ Database (undated). "Awards for Peter Alexander". Retrieved June 6, 2012.

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