US Managing Editor, "Financial Times"
Peter Spiegel has been at the forefront of analysis and commentary of American and European politics and economics for over two decades. As an expert on geopolitics, globalization, the eurozone crisis and the Brexit debate, Peter can give your audience a clear understanding of and unique insights into these headline topics.
Peter is US Managing Editor of the Financial Times. He held previous positions at the Los Angeles Times, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. Peter has been an influential reporter and commentator on American, European and Middle Eastern politics and economics. With this, Peter brings 20 years experience of global economic and political journalistic commentary to audiences. With extensive experience as keynote speaker, panelist and moderator, he can add a high level of skill and competency to your event program, along with an engaging speaking style.
During his tenure, the Financial Times has been extremely successful with the award of nine British Press Awards, the UK’s highest journalism prize, including newspaper of the year in 2018 - only the second time the publication has secured British Journalism’s highest honor in its 130-year history. The Financial Times also received the British Journalism Award for news provider of the year in 2018, a rare sweep of the UK’s two most prestigious media honors.
As the Financial Times Brussels bureau chief, Peter headed the paper’s coverage of the eurozone crisis. While in Brussels, he and his team won back-to-back Society of American Business Writers and Editors awards for their coverage of the Greek bailout.
Peter spent nearly five years in Washington, first as a Pentagon correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and then as senior national security correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. Peter covered foreign policy and military affairs with a special focus on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, traveling frequently overseas, including multiple visits to both war zones.
Peter spent four years as the Financial Times defense correspondent, heading the newspaper’s coverage of military policy and the defense industry. In that position, Peter oversaw the Financial Times reporting of the military build-up and initial invasion of Iraq from the newspaper's Washington bureau before moving to London, where he spent three years at the newspaper’s headquarters, traveling frequently to Iraq and Afghanistan to cover the ongoing conflicts.
The Financial Times hired Peter as Washington business correspondent in 2000, covering the Justice Department, the Federal Communications Commission, and other federal regulatory agencies, with a special focus on corporate crime, leading the Financial Times coverage of the Enron scandal.
Prior to joining the Financial Times, Spiegel spent five years at Forbes magazine, first in their New York headquarters and then as a staff writer in their Washington bureau.
Peter holds a master’s degree in European politics and policy from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s in history from the University of Pennsylvania.
Co-winner of Los Angeles Times 2008 Editor's Prize, the newspaper's top internal journalism award, for coverage of the Bush administration's surge in Iraq.
British Press Award as business and finance reporter of 2003 for his coverage of the U.S. government’s investigation into the Arthur Andersen accounting scandal.
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