Hey, I'm Peter. I grew up in New York City and still live here (but in a different, cheaper borough). My work has appeared in Al Jazeera America, The New York Times, The Guardian, the Daily News, Gawker, and many other places.
Hi. As I said before, I'm Peter. I've written a lot of stories about a lot of stuff. Reading some of them would tell you more about my skills than reading this thing right now. But if you're really into reading short biographies of people you don't know, – and who am I to judge what you should read? – then by all means, read ahead.
But first, a note: This site contains 12 stories. If you want to see more, email me.
I was born in Manhattan and attended public schools there until I was 18, at which point I took a leave from New York to attend college in Western Massachusetts.
At Hampshire (it's the one without grades or majors), I built a self-designed concentration in public health, journalism, and photography. I was hired as an intern, then as a part-time reporter, at a local NPR station (WFCR) in Amherst. That great experience is basically what gave me the idiotic idea to try to make a career out of reporting and writing.
But a few years later and it's not so bad! I've written for some top outlets. I wrote a personal essay about prescription drugs that I think made an impact. I spent a year at Al Jazeera America writing about the environment, oil and gas companies, infrastructure issues, inequality, and other depressing topics.
And now I'm going to continue writing those kinds of stories, hopefully for your fine media outfit (I assume maybe one person has made it this far, and I hope that person is an editor at an esteemed publication).
I really care about the environment, inequality, and other big issues, and I think other people do too. They just have to be written about in the right way to get people to realize that seemingly abstruse concepts actually play out in their lives every day.
I think I specialize in taking broad topics like global warming and wage stagnation and turning them into human stories with drama and flair. I think those kinds of stories are eminently readable and sharable. So let me write some for you!
I also like dogs, ice cream, and rosé.