Peter Maer was inspired to be a reporter while watching the coverage of the President Kennedy assassination. He became a member of the first class of SIUE Mass Communications majors, graduating in 1970. Peter has been a voice for national news for more than a quarter of a century, serving as a White House correspondent since 1986. He has provided coverage on presidential politics, major national and international disasters with honors including the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award, four Merriman Smith Awards for Presidential Coverage and the Overseas Press Award. He was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 1995 and was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from SIUE in 2007.