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Peter Maer was named a CBS Radio News White House Correspondent in September, 1998.
He has covered the White House since 1986, previously for NBC/Mutual Radio. A frequent flyer on Air Force One, Maer has traveled to more than 40 countries and every state of the Union with presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Carter. His assignments have included major world summits and other key events--including every political convention, campaign, and election since 1980.
Maer has also covered major disaster stories such as the 1978 accident at the Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania nuclear plant and the devastating earthquake that rocked Mexico City in 1985, described by Maer as a "life-changing experience." He was among the reporters and staffers evacuated from the White House on Sept. 11, 2001.
Maer was honored with the 2005 Edward R. Murrow Award for radio feature reporting. He was also on the CBS Radio News team honored for coverage of the funeral of President Ronald Reagan. He co-anchored CBS Radio News coverage of the funeral of President Gerald R. Ford.
Maer was a member of the CBS Radio News team that was honored with a 2003 Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the first anniversary of the September 11th attacks. He participated in the Murrow Award-winning coverage of President Clinton's impeachment trial. He is a four-time recipient of the Merriman Smith Award for "Presidential Coverage Under Deadline Pressure."
Maer won the Scripps-Howard Award and National Radio Festival Award for documentaries on President Clinton's race relations initiative. Other major awards include an Overseas Press Club citation for his coverage of the Mexico quake and a First Place Overseas Press Club Award for his reports on the 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev summit.
Prior to becoming a network correspondent, Maer worked at radio stations in St. Louis, Nashville and Atlanta.
Maer is a longtime member of the White House Correspondents Association and currently serves on its Board of Directors.
He is a native of Granite City, Illinois, and a graduate of Southern Illinois University where he was the 1995 and 2007 commencement speaker. Maer was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the university in 2007.
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