Peter Alexander (journalist)

Peter Marvin Alexander[1] (born July 29, 1976) is an American journalist who currently works for NBC News. He was named NBC News White House correspondent in December 2012. In October 2018, he was named co-anchor of Today on its Saturday editions. His reports appear across all platforms of NBC News, including NBC Nightly News, Today, Meet the Press, Dateline NBC, MSNBC and[2] He shares duties alongside Kristen Welker both as the network's co-chief White House correspondent[3] and as co-anchor of Weekend Today, the Saturday edition of Today. His sister Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist living in New York City.

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Alexander interviewing Senator
Chris Coons in 2016
Peter Marvin Alexander

(1976-07-29) July 29, 1976 (age 45)
EducationHead-Royce School
Alma materNorthwestern University
EmployerNBC News
(m. 2012)
Parent(s)David and Terry Alexander
RelativesRebecca Alexander (sister)

Early lifeEdit

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] Alexander is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.[10]


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 correspondentEdit

Alexander served as a White House correspondent from 2012 to March 2014. He covered the Presidency of Barack Obama, traveling across the world with the president. As Alexander is based in Washington, D.C., he still frequently reports from the White House.[citation needed]

On March 20, 2020, he attended a live White House briefing held on steps the federal and state governments were undertaking to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. President Donald Trump stated he had a "good feeling" and was "hopeful" about the potential effectiveness against coronavirus of certain older drug therapies such as chloroquine that have been effective on other conditions. Alexander asked: "Is it possible that your impulse to put a positive spin on things may be giving Americans a false sense of hope?" President Trump answered that it was important to communicate hopeful therapies that are being investigated. Alexander further questioned the president: "What do you say to Americans who are scared though? I guess, nearly 200 dead, 14,000 who are sick, millions, as you witnessed, who are scared right now. What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?" Trump replied, "I say that you are a terrible reporter, that's what I say. I think it's a very nasty question. I think it's a very bad signal that you are putting out to the American people. They're looking for answers and they're looking for hope. And you're doing sensationalism."[11] Some news organizations and commentators harshly criticized this response to what they described as a "softball question."[11]

Weekend TodayEdit

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.[12] He will continue his roles of a national correspondent and a White House correspondent.

Personal lifeEdit

Alexander's parents are divorced.[6] He has two younger twin siblings (born February 4, 1979): Kevin Alexander[13] and psychotherapist Rebecca Alexander, who has Usher syndrome type III.[6][14][15][16] By his father, he has a half-sister, Lauren. On April 21, 2012, Alexander married Alison Starling, an anchor at WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.'s ABC affiliate). The couple has two children and lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C.[17][18][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.[19]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "140th Annual Commencement". Northwestern University. June 11, 1998.
  2. ^ Staff (March 10, 2011). "Peter Alexander". NBC News; retrieved June 6, 2012.
  3. ^ Weprin, Alex (January 8, 2021). "NBC News Taps Kristen Welker, Peter Alexander as Chief White House Correspondents". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  4. ^ "Peter M Alexander, Born 07/29/1976 in California". California Birth Index.
  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. ^ Cohen, Arianne (January 30, 2009). "How Rebecca Alexander Navigates Life in New York While Going Deaf and Blind". New York. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  8. ^ "Ready for the Spotlight: Rebecca Alexander Shares Her Story of Living with Usher Syndrome". Beacon Storie. September 10, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  9. ^ "Obituaries: Etta Wechsler Pink". Chicago Tribune. May 28, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  10. ^ Staff (March 10, 2011). "Peter Alexander". NBC News. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  11. ^ a b NBC's Peter Alexander asked Trump to reassure Americans about coronavirus. Trump berated him instead,; accessed 29 May 2020.
  12. ^ Huff, Lauren (October 27, 2018). "Peter Alexander Officially Joins NBC's 'Today' as Saturday Co-Anchor". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  13. ^ "Kevin Daniel Alexander, Born 02/04/1979 in California". California Birth Index.
  14. ^ "Rebecca Alexander". Lighthouse International. Archived from the original on November 10, 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  15. ^ "About". Rebecca Alexander. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  16. ^ "Rebecca Ann Alexander, Born 02/04/1979 in California". California Birth Index.
  17. ^ "ABC7's Alison Starling marries NBC correspondent Peter Alexander". WJLA News. April 25, 2012. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  18. ^ "ABC 7 anchor Alison Starling gives birth to a baby girl". WJLA News. June 16, 2015.
  19. ^ "Peter Alexander: Awards". IMDb Retrieved June 6, 2012.

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