Peter J. Lavelle (born September 1, 1961) is an American journalist and host of CrossTalk, presented by the English-language channel RT, global multilingual television news network RT. Lavelle, originally from Beverly Hills, California is now based in Moscow. Prior to CrossTalk, Peter Lavelle hosted RT's programs IMHO and In Context. Lavelle also hosts a monthly business program on RT called On the Money.
Lavelle received a B.A. in International Economic Relations, an M.A. in European history, and completed Ph.D. courses in Studies in European Economic History from the University of California, Davis. He was a Fulbright Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. He has been living in Eastern Europe and Russia for over 25 years while working as a lecturer at the University of Warsaw, a market researcher for Colgate-Palmolive, and an investment analyst for brokerage firms, including Russia’s Alfa-Bank.
Lavelle has contributed articles to a number of publications including Asia Times Online, The Moscow Times, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, United Press International, The National Interest, and Current History Lavelle also was the author of "Untimely Thoughts", an electronic newsletter.
In 2008 Stephen Heyman wrote in the New York Times that Lavelle was one of RT’s journalists who "said they were earnestly trying to tell Russia’s story", and that Lavelle said, “No one is telling me what to say."
In an August 2010 online interview, Peter Lavelle characterized his journalism as "dissent" in the American tradition, which he claimed is being forsaken in the land of its birth. He denies allegations of Kremlin spin-doctoring, saying RT's main aim is to "ask our audience one basic thing: Question More".
In a 2010 episode of CrossTalk, Lavelle's two guests — Douglas Murray of the Centre for Social Cohesion and Anne-Elisabeth Moutet of the Rousseau Institute — were taken aback when he claimed that the perpetrators of the September 11 attacks were "not fundamentalists". Lavelle later said the show was a "fiasco" because he lacked a "balanced pair of experts".
In 2010 the Chairman of the U.S. government's Broadcasting Board of Governors, Walter Isaacson stated that his organization needs to fight its "enemies", defined as Iran's Press TV, China's CCTV, and RT. Peter Lavelle responded that Isaacson "doesn't have anything to do with journalism" but was a promoter of a "media war" designed to push "the US foreign policy agenda" onto a world that is increasingly skeptical about it.
In 2012, regarding Julian Assange's World Tomorrow interview program on RT, Lavelle told the Christian Science Monitor that "We liked a lot of the WikiLeaks revelations. It was very much in sync with what RT has been reporting about the Arab Spring, and about the duplicitous policies of the US and its allies all along". He also called it a "soft power coup for Russia".
He also hosts a Voice of Russia programme - "Debating Russia with Peter Lavelle".
- Fred Weir, Russia gives WikiLeaks' Julian Assange a TV platform, Christian Science Monitor, January 25, 2012.
- James Painter, The boom in counter-hegemonic news channels: a case study of Telesur, (undated, circa 2006), Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University.
- Is RT state-run?, Rt.com website, June 16, 2011.
- "Pravda.ru Interview: Some "Untimely Thoughts" from an Outsider Looking in". Center for Defense Information. Retrieved 2009-01-25.
- Peter Lavelle Biography, RT.com website, retrieved on September 20, 2012.
- On the Money webpage at RT.com.
- Peter Lavelle Biography, at FutureBrief.com, retrieved on September 20, 2012.
- Stephen Heyman, "A Voice of Mother Russia, in English", New York Times, May 18, 2008.
- "Interview with Peter Lavelle (Russia Today)". Da Russophile. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
- von Twickel, Nikolaus (March 23, 2010). "Russia Today courts viewers with controversy". Moscow Times.
- Lavelle, Peter (February 15, 2010). "Youtube RT News: Crosstalk".
- Murray, Douglas. "Russia Today, Putin and the 9/11 nutters". The Telegraph. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
- "RT as Public Enemy? Top US media boss ready to fight 'enemies'". Russia Today. Retrieved 2010-10-11.