Peter Cook (press secretary)

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Peter Cook is executive vice president and chief communications officer of the American Bankers Association. Previously he was press secretary to U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, replacing Maura Sullivan in that role. He previously served as Washington Anchor for Bloomberg Television.

Peter Cook joined Bloomberg Television in October 2003. As Washington Anchor and Correspondent, Peter co-anchors Bloomberg’s morning programming and reports on the intersection of business and government.[1] In recent months[when?], Peter has covered every angle of the financial crisis, regularly breaking news on the government's unprecedented response. He has interviewed key Washington players including Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, former Secretary Henry Paulson, White House economic adviser Larry Summers, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell plus business leaders such as JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.

Before his shift to the morning, Peter hosted Bloomberg's "Money & Politics" program and spearheaded BLOOMBERG TELEVISION'S coverage of the Presidential race. He anchored the network's primary season and election night coverage, interviewing the major candidates including Barack Obama and John McCain. Peter routinely covers the Fed, Treasury, White House and Congress. Previously he did extensive reporting on the Gulf Coast's recovery from Hurricane Katrina and traveled to Beijing with Secretary Paulson for a closer look at the economic relationship between the U.S. and China.

Prior to Bloomberg, Peter worked as a producer and reporter for NBC News and MSNBC in Washington. He was assigned to the Pentagon during the Iraq invasion. Prior to that, he helped launch EnergyNewsLive.com. He served as News Director and Washington Bureau Chief for the web-based energy news service, leading ENL's coverage of the California power crisis and the Enron collapse. Peter also spent ten years in local news as an anchor and reporter, witnessing everything from Western wildfires to death row executions. His reporting earned him awards at every stop. Peter was born and raised in Washington and is the son of a print journalist.[2] He is a graduate of Duke University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Peter and his wife have two boys.

Personal life[edit]

Cook was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He attended St. Albans School before graduating from St. George's School (Middletown, RI) and graduated from Duke University and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He and his wife have two sons.[3]

Career[edit]

Cook started his career in broadcast journalism as an intern for Nightline and at Duke, where he hosted his own game show.[4]

Before going national, Peter spent ten years in local news as an anchor and reporter, witnessing everything from Western wildfires to death row executions.[5]

In 2000, he helped launch EnergyNewsLive.com. He served as News Director and Washington Bureau Chief for the web-based energy news service, leading ENL's coverage of the California power crisis and the Enron collapse.

Peter started working as a producer and reporter for NBC News and MSNBC in March 2003 in Washington, D.C. He was assigned to the Pentagon during the Iraq invasion.

Bloomberg[edit]

Peter joined Bloomberg Television in October 2003. Before his shift in the morning, Peter hosted Bloomberg's Money & Politics program and spearheaded Bloomberg's coverage of the Presidential race.[6]

He anchored the network's primary season and election night coverage, interviewing the major candidates including Barack Obama and John McCain. Peter routinely covers the Fed, Treasury, White House and Congress. Previously he did extensive reporting on the Gulf Coast's recovery from Hurricane Katrina and traveled to Beijing with Secretary Paulson for a closer look at the economic relationship between the U.S. and China.

In 2009, Peter covered every angle of the financial crisis, regularly breaking news on the government's unprecedented response. He interviewed key Washington players including Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner,[7] White House economic adviser Larry Summers, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as well as business leaders such as JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.

Awards[edit]

Cook was a North Carolina AP "Best Spot News Coverage" Award Winner for his coverage of Hurricane Dennis, as well as a Virginia AP "Best Continuing Coverage of a News Story" for his coverage of a high-profile murder case.

He has also been named the Idaho All Media Rookie of the Year.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://thehill.com/capital-living/media-sketch/20965-peter-cook-bloombergs-early-riser
  2. ^ http://thehill.com/capital-living/media-sketch/20965-peter-cook-bloombergs-early-riser
  3. ^ Rothstein, Betsy. "Peter Cook: Bloomberg's early riser". The Hill. Retrieved 2009-07-30. [dead link]
  4. ^ Rothstein, Betsy. "Peter Cook: Bloomberg's early riser". The Hill. Retrieved 2009-07-30. [dead link]
  5. ^ Rothstein, Betsy. "Peter Cook: Bloomberg's early riser". The Hill. Retrieved 2009-07-30. [dead link]
  6. ^ Woolley, John T. "The American Presidency Project: Interview with Peter Cook of Bloomberg's 'Money and Politics". The University of California at Santa Barbara. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  7. ^ Rothstein, Betsy. "Peter Cook: Bloomberg's early riser". The Hill. Retrieved 2009-07-30. [dead link]