Peter King has reported for CBS Radio News since 1994. He is the principal reporter for coverage of NASA and the Space Shuttle programs, which he has covered since 1995, and for CBS, since 1996. 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. He covered the story through the accident investigation and NASA's return to flight. 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's responsibilities include coverage of breaking stories from the southeastern United States and around the country. He has reported from many high profile news events. In 2009, he was in Haiti immediately following the earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people, and has 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 covered scores of hurricanes, tornados, six Super Bowls, three 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 and updates.
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. From 1990-1994, King held on-air jobs at WNDB AM, Daytona Beach and 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. He has also been honored several times by the Central Florida Press Club, where he is a past President.
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, Fla.,, and is a contributing writer for Radio World, an industry trade publication. 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, Houdini and Otis (two cats and dog!).
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