Peter W. Klein is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and filmmaker. Since 1999 he has been a producer for the CBS News program 60 Minutes, and he directs and writes documentaries for a host of other broadcasters throughout the English-speaking world. He was the host of the nationally-broadcast Canadian news program The Standard from 2009-2010. He has written for The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and numerous magazines. Peter also records commentaries for National Public Radio and was a public radio reporter during the Bosnia War. In 1994 he helped found New York Times Television, a pioneer of small-format TV newsgathering. As senior producer at CBS News, he helped create an 18-hour documentary series called I-Witness, in which videojournalists spent months in the field covering a single topic.
He went on to be a producer at ABC News’ Law & Justice Unit, conducting investigations for Nightline, 20/20 and World News Tonight. He filmed, edited and produced Nightline documentary specials, spending as much as a year shadowing a subject. He is also the creator and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated History Channel series Beyond Top Secret, which investigated clandestine operations around the world.
Peter currently serves as director of the University of British Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he runs the International Reporting Program. He and his students travel the world and produce documentaries. In 2010 he and his students won the Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Magazine for their Frontline/WORLD documentary “Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground.” That report also won the Sigma Chi Delta Award for Best Documentary of 2010. Peter has previously won an Emmy for his 60 Minutes investigation in the former Soviet Union’s smallpox weapons program, and he shared an Emmy for the Learning Channel documentary “Killer Virus.”
Based on the success of the International Reporting Program, Peter is now building the Global Reporting Centre, which aims to be the largest non-profit reporting program focused on global journalism. The University of British Columbia is helping to fundraise to endow the center, and they have used the success of the International Reporting Program as a centerpiece of their university-wide fundraising campaign.
He has previously taught at Columbia University and New York University’s journalism programs. He holds and M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Pennsylvania State University with honors in Economics and honors in Science, Technology and Society.