Peter Spiegel was appointed news editor of the Financial Times in April 2016. Prior to this, he was the FT’s Brussels bureau chief for six years, overseeing coverage of the European economic crisis and Europe’s role in global affairs. In 2012 and 2013, Peter and his team won back-to-back Society of American Business Writers and Editors awards for their coverage of the eurozone debt crisis. His 2014 “How the Euro Was Saved” series is considered the definitive account of the crisis’s final year.
Peter returned to the FT in August 2010 after spending nearly five years in Washington, first as Pentagon correspondent of the Los Angeles Times and then as senior national security correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. In both jobs, Peter covered foreign policy and military affairs with a special focus on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, travelling frequently overseas, including multiple visits to both war zones.
Peter first joined the FT in its Washington bureau in 1999, where he was co-winner of the UK’s highest journalism honour, a 2003 British Press Award, for his coverage of the Arthur Andersen accounting scandal. Ahead of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Peter became the FT’s defence correspondent, traveling frequently to Iraq and Afghanistan to cover the ongoing conflicts. He covered the December 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein from Tikrit (going so far as to climb into the hole Saddam hid in).
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.