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Peter King has reported for CBS Radio News since 1994. He is the principal reporter for coverage of NASA and reported on the Space Shuttle program from 1995 to its conclusion in 2011(for CBS, 1996-2011), encompassing more than 60 missions. King broadcast the first network radio report of trouble as the Columbia accident unfolded on February 1st, 2003, and remained on the air for more than eight hours that day with other members of the CBS Radio News team. He covered the story through the accident investigation and NASA's return to flight in 2005. He's covered numerous other space milestones including the construction of the International Space Station, John Glenn's return to space in 1998, and many of NASA's interplanetary missions. King continues to report on the Space Station program and NASA's eventual return to human spaceflight launches from US soil, now planned for 2018.
King's responsibilities include coverage of breaking stories from the southeastern United States and around the country, with an emphasis on Florida, where he's lived since 1993. As he likes to say, "all the weird stuff happens there," and he's reported on many water cooler stories from the Sunshine state, from quirky to tragic.
Much of Peter's reporting work has come from a wide variety of locales. In 2015, King reported on the shootings at a historic African American Church in Charleston, SC, and presidential politics involving Floridians Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. He has reported from many high profile news events since 1997.
In 2010, he was in Haiti immediately following the earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people, and reported from various places in the Gulf of Mexico following the BP-Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Other assignments include continuing coverage of the economic crisis and foreclosure crisis, the 2008 elections, a "perfect storm' of four national "lead" stories in early February, 2007, all taking place during an eight day period, all in Florida (the Super Bowl, Central Florida tornadoes, the arrest of astronaut Lisa Nowak and the death of Anna Nicole Smith). King covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi and Louisiana, along with all four Florida hurricanes in 2004. He was also in South Florida for the Elian Gonzalez custody battle. He covered the 2000 Florida recount from all over the state. He's reported on scores of hurricanes, tropical storms tornados, six Super Bowls, four World Series, and contributes yearly stories from baseball's spring training in Florida. King is also frequently heard as an anchor for CBS News Radio's hourly newscasts, updates, and the CBS World News Roundup.
King's CBS duties were concurrent with other reporting posts from 1994-97. In 1997, he was News Director for WWNZ-AM, Orlando. From 1994-1996, he was a reporter and news anchor for WWNZ, while also filing reports for Florida's Radio Network and the Voice of America. In 1994, King was a reporter/anchor for WNDB AM, Daytona Beach and from 1990-1993, held an on air position WKLX FM, Rochester. From 1980 1990, he held management and on air positions at WHEN AM/WRHP FM, Syracuse. From 1975-1980, King worked for WDOT AM, Burlington, VT, WHSH FM, Albany, NY and WTKO AM, Ithaca, NY. His career began at the Ithaca College (NY) radio station, WICB-FM.
His reporting has won many awards, including several shared Edward R. Murrow and Headliner Awards at CBS News, and "Best Investigative Reporting" and "Best Serious Feature" from the Associated Press of Florida. In 2015, the Florida Chapter of the National Space Club named Peter the recipient of its annual Harry Kolcum Media Award for his more than two decades of space program coverage. He has also been honored several times by the Central Florida Press Club, where he is a past President. He is also a past president of the Florida AP Broadcasters Association.
During his spare time, King enjoys reading, walking, going to the beach, playing piano and attending Major and Minor League baseball games. He's also taught writing at the Poynter Institute in St Petersburg, FL, and Broadcasting at Cayuga Community College in Auburn NY. He's been a contributing writer for Radio World, an industry trade publication, and is the co-author of the book, Ithaca Radio(Arcadia Publishing, 2014),with his brother. He is a 1978 graduate of Ithaca College, New York. King lives in Orlando with his wife, journalist Lisa Meyer, and their three four-legged children, Scout, and Otis (one cat, one dog!).
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