VETERAN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT
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Peter Maer draws on his nearly 40 years on journalism's premier beat to offer a unique description of presidential coverage. Your audience will hear intriguing accounts of his singular Jewish experiences with Presidents from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama. Maer takes his listeners aboard Air Force One to President Reagan's first trip to the Soviet Union. He will share the inspirational story of Jewish prayer books smuggled into Moscow aboard the presidential jetliner and a riveting account of his secret interviews with "Refuseniks." Maer will recall the poignant and dramatic scene aboard Air Force One as President Clinton led the delegation to the funeral of Israeli Prime Minister Rabin. He will relate his experiences as the U.S. broadcast network pool reporter when President Obama traveled to Israel. He can analyze Obama's rocky relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu. Maer has also had his share of inspirational assignments. He covered the devastating Mexico City earthquake during the High Holidays. He shared some Yiddish philosophy with former President George H. W. Bush during a tour of tsunami-ravaged regions of Asia. Maer will draw some laughs as he relates a number of humorous moments in travels that took him to more than 50 countries and nearly every state. The veteran journalist can also discuss the state of play in today’s media and the latest on campaign politics.
Peter Maer covered the White House for CBS News for 17 years. He was previously assigned to the presidential beat for Mutual Broadcasting and NBC Radio starting with Jimmy Carter. His assignments included major world summits and other key events, including every political convention, campaign and election since 1980. Maer was among the reporters and administration staffers evacuated from the White House on September 11, 2001. He was a member of the CBS News team honored with an Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. He played a leading role in the network's Murrow Award-winning coverage of the Clinton impeachment trial. Maer also won a Murrow Award for feature reporting. He is a five-time recipient of the prestigious Merriman Smith Award for Presidential Coverage Under Deadline Pressure, including an honor for his coverage of President Clinton’s role at the funeral of Israeli Prime Minister Rabin. Maer won Scripps-Howard and National Radio Festival Awards for documentaries on President Clinton's initiative on race relations.
He was honored with Overseas Press Club citations for his coverage of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake and the 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev Summit. Prior to becoming a network correspondent, Peter Maer worked as a reporter at radio stations in St. Louis, Nashville and Atlanta. A native of Granite City, Illinois, Maer is a graduate of Southern Illinois University. He has twice served as the school's commencement speaker. He is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from SIU.
Maer has been privileged to share his stories with a number of audiences including:
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