Peter has been a Newsnight correspondent since 1987 and has reported from around the globe.
He spent much of the last decade covering the US. This meant far too many hours investigating Bill Clinton's below-waist hyper-activity and, latterly, George Bush's supposed above-neck inactivity.
He has also now covered nine US presidential and congressional elections for BBC TV and radio.
Peter joined the BBC in 1978 after three years in independent radio where he had been political editor at Radio City.
After a stint in the BBC's parliamentary unit at Westminster - in the final days of the Callaghan government - he transferred to BBC Radio's The World At One and The World This Weekend, remaining there for the next six years before transferring to TV.
He has made a number of documentaries for television and radio, including Digging the Dirt on the 2000 US election campaign, Cops On Drugs and To Catch a Cop" for Panorama.
He has also written for most of the national press and various magazines.
Peter's investigation into the wrongful dismissal of a Metropolitan Police sergeant won Newsnight the Race in the Media (RIMA) Award.
Clubs: Liverpool FC; Honours: Survival (swimming, bronze, 1964).