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News & Public Affairs
Spring 2007
April 27, 2007
Unlimited use between 6:30 p.m. (ET) Friday and
midnight (local time) Sunday through April 20, 2008.
Contract is non-exclusive is non-exclusive in the
following markets: Washington, DC; Harrisburg, PA;
Lynchburg, VA; Charleston, SC; Birmingham, AL; Little
Rock, AR; and Tulsa, OK.
Noncommercial cable, school re-record, simulcast and
video-on-demand rights have been granted.
Allbritton Communications
For more than 20 years, Inside Washington has
provided insightful analysis on the week’s top stories
from the nation’s capital. Moderated by veteran
newsman Gordon Peterson, Inside Washington
brings together a distinguished group of panelists,
including Pulitzer Prize-winning columnists Charles
Krauthammer and Colby King, National Public Radio's
Nina Totenberg, Newsweek's Evan Thomas and
columnist Mark Shields from NewsHour With Jim
Use above for listing. A press release and host
biography are included. All materials, including
photography, are available in the catalog section of
© 2007-2008 Allbritton Communications Company
The series airs on WJLA-TV and WETA in Washington,
This program is NOT available on home video.
Individual viewer purchase: Episode transcripts are
available on www.insidewashington.tv.
Allbritton Communications Company
1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 2700
Arlington, VA 22209
Dawn Anderson
American Public Television
(617) 338-4455, ext. 149
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CONTACT: Dawn Anderson
(617) 338-4455, ext. 149
[email protected]
Esteemed Public Affairs Series Returns to Public Television
For more than 25 years, Inside Washington has been bringing the best and brightest
journalists together to analyze the week’s most notable news events. Providing an informed
understanding of the national and international political scene, Inside Washington’s celebrated
panel tackles controversy with wit, humor and an insider’s perspective. A new season of Inside
Washington airs weekly on public television stations nationwide beginning April 27, 2007
(check local listings).
The long-running series always has its hand on the pulse of Washington, while also keeping an
eye on the far-reaching implications of decisions made in the nation’s capital. Inside
Washington has a devoted following, appealing to the nation’s leaders — presidents, members
of Congress, Embassy officials, Supreme Court justices, lobbyists, public relations executives,
business leaders and journalists.
Host Gordon Peterson, award-winning Washington anchorman, has been covering news in the
nation’s capital for more than 30 years. A multi-award winning reporter, writer and producer
Peterson epitomizes the best of Washington’s news corps. His many honors include: the Ted
Yates Memorial Award, multiple Emmys, the Chicago International Film Festival Award and the
Veterans Administration Involvement Award.
Each week, Peterson is joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnists Charles Krauthammer and
Colby King, National Public Radio's Nina Totenberg, Newsweek's Evan Thomas and columnist
Mark Shields from NewsHour With Jim Lehrer. Each panelist brings a distinctive viewpoint and
years of political experience to the Inside Washington dialogue.
Produced in 2007-2008, Inside Washington XIX is supplied by Allbritton Communications
Company and presented by American Public Television through the Exchange service at no
cost to public television stations nationwide.
About American Public Television
For 46 years, American Public Television (APT) has been a prime source of programming for
the nation’s public television stations. APT distributes more than 300 new program titles per
year and has 10,000 hours of programming in its library. It is responsible for many public
television milestones including the first HD series and the 2006 launch of the Create™ channel
featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming. APT is known for its leadership in
identifying innovative, worthwhile and viewer-friendly programming. It has established a tradition
of providing public television stations with program choices that strengthen and customize their
schedules, such as JFK: Breaking the News, Battlefield Britain, Globe Trekker, Rick Steves'
Europe, Great Museums, Jacques Pépin: Fast Food My Way, America's Test Kitchen From
Cook’s Illustrated, Broadway: The Golden Age, Lidia's Family Table, California Dreamin’ – The
Songs of The Mamas & the Papas, Rosemary and Thyme, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home, The
Big Comfy Couch, Monarchy With David Starkey, and other prominent documentaries, dramatic
series, how-to programs and classic movies. For more information about APT's programs and
services, visit APTonline.org.
W*USA’s Gordon Peterson, the “dean of anchors,” according to the Washington Post, has been
covering news in the nation’s capital for 31 years. He has anchored W*USA’s 6pm and 11pm
news broadcasts since 1971 and has served as moderator and producer of the nationally
distributed Inside Washington since 1988. One of the nation’s senior leading news anchors,
Peterson also is an award-winning reporter, writer and producer whose documentary work has
taken him to Northern Ireland, Israel, South Africa, Nicaragua, El Salvador, France, Rome,
Cambodia, Kuwait and elsewhere.
Peterson has won several Emmy awards in the “News Anchor” category, as well as Emmys for
writing and producing documentaries and series such as “Journey to Normandy,” on the 50th
anniversary of D-Day; “The Cambodian People, No Place to Call Home,” dealing with
Cambodian refugees and “Faces of Israel,” on the impact of war in Lebanon on Israelis and
Palestinians. Peterson’s award-winning series, “Triana, Alabama, a Bad Case of the DDT’s,”
detailed the health problems suffered by residents of a small, southern, predominantly AfricanAmerican town who had unknowingly ingested DDT put into their ecosystem by a local chemical
In 1979, at the height of “the troubles” in Northern Ireland, Peterson produced the Emmy awardwinning documentary, “Children of Belfast,” a study of the effects of years of civil strife on the
city’s children. Peterson returned to Northern Ireland 19 years later to examine the impact of the
cease-fire and Good Friday agreement on another generation of the country’s children.
“Lessons in Peace” garnered three 1999 Emmy awards.
A former U.S. Marine officer, Peterson has often reported on problems and challenges facing
the U.S. military and veterans, including the case of a blind veteran who committed suicide after
his benefits were cut off. More recently, Peterson has reported on the financial struggles
enlisted personnel face in trying to house their families in the Washington area. Peterson is a
recipient of the Veteran Administration Involvement award and on May 30th of this year, was the
guest of honor at the Marine Corps’ War Memorial Sunset Parade.
Peterson has covered each of the Democratic and Republican National conventions, as well as
the major presidential primaries since 1972. Most recently, he covered the 2000 Iowa
presidential caucuses and New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, as well as a
number of pre-primary debates.
Peterson’s productions have won first place awards in the Chicago International Film Festival as
well as a CINE Golden Eagle award. His work also has received a number of Society of
Professional Journalists Dateline awards, including an award for his 1995 series on the
anniversary of the fall of Saigon.
In June of 2000, Peterson received two Emmy awards from the Washington Chapter of the
National Association of Television Arts and Sciences — one for “Best Anchor” and another for
his reports on the return of Congressman John Lewis and other veterans of the civil rights
struggles of the 1960s to Montgomery, Birmingham and Selma, Alabama.
Peterson was the recipient of an Emmy award in 2001 for writing. Additionally, he was awarded
two Chesapeake APT Broadcasters Association awards for his coverage of the 2000
presidential campaign in the “Outstanding Reporting” and “Outstanding Commentary”
categories. Peterson earned a third Chesapeake award for “Outstanding Public Affairs Program”
for his story on affordable housing.
A member of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Hall of Fame, Peterson is also the recipient
of the prestigious Ted Yates Memorial award as an “Outstanding Journalist of Exceptional
Merit,” an award given only by unanimous vote of the board of directors of the Washington
Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Before joining W*USA, Peterson covered news and sports for then CBS-owned WEEI radio in
Boston, Massachusetts and for CBS radio. Prior to that he was the news director of CBS affiliate
WNEB radio in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the College of
the Holy Cross and attended Georgetown University.
Colby King
Since 1990, Colby King, deputy editor of The Washington Post , has written about national, local
and international topics, as well as a weekly column under his own byline. King was awarded
the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, and was a finalist for both the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for
commentary and the 2000 ASNE Distinguished Writing Award for commentary/column writing.
He is also a commentator for WTOP, a Washington, D.C. talk-radio station.
Charles Krauthammer
Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, Charles Krauthammer writes a
syndicated column for The Washington Post that appears in over 140 newspapers worldwide.
He also writes a monthly essay for TIME magazine, is a contributing editor to The Weekly
Standard and The New Republic, serves on the editorial boards of The National Interest and
The Public Interest, and is a contributor to FOX News.
Mark Shields
Nationally syndicated columnist and pundit Mark Shields has been on the political playing field
since Robert F. Kennedy ran for president in 1968. After years of managing campaigns from the
courthouse to the White House, Shields is now one of the most widely recognized
commentators in the United States. He appears each week on the NewsHour With Jim Lehrer,
where, since 1987, he has teamed with conservatives such as David Gergen, Paul Gigot and
David Brooks to provide the program's principal political analysis.
Evan Thomas
Evan Thomas has been assistant managing editor at Newsweek since 1991. He is the
magazine's lead writer on major news stories and the author of many longer features, including
Newsweek's special behind-the-scenes issues on presidential elections, and more than a
hundred cover stories. Thomas was pivotal in spearheading Newsweek's award-winning
coverage on the war on terror from the Washington, D.C. bureau. His reporting and writing on
the tragic terror events of September 11, 2001 and the Iraq War contributed to Newsweek's
being honored with the most prestigious awards in the magazine industry — the National
Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2002 and 2004.
Nina Totenberg
Nina Totenberg is National Public Radio's award-winning legal affairs correspondent. Her
reports air regularly on NPR's critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things Considered,
Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. Totenberg's coverage of the Supreme Court and legal
affairs has won her widespread recognition.
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