Peter Laufer is the James Wallace Chair Professor in Journalism at the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon. He is also an award-winning author, broadcaster, documentarian, and journalist. He has studied and taught throughout the world, and has sent home reports on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the wars in Central America for NBC Radio, reported for CBS Radio as the Berlin Wall fell, and chased butterflies in Nicaragua for his book The Dangerous World of Butterflies.
An international news correspondent and award-winning author, he has written over 18 books including the 2014 Organic: A Journalist’s Quest to Discover the Truth behind Food Labeling. He reported, wrote, and produced several documentaries as an NBC News correspondent on topics ranging from the crises facing Vietnam War veterans to illiteracy and hunger in America, and he wrote a study of Americans incarcerated overseas that won the George Polk Award. He frequently combines his scholarly and professional work, and he served as editor of the anthology Interviewing: The Oregon Method. Laufer has served as news and program director of WRC Radio in Washington, D.C., was founding program director of Newstalk 93.6 in Berlin, and has acted as management consultant to several international news broadcasting projects, including National Geographic, Washington Monthly, and Mother Jones radio programs. He has also managed a variety of book publishing and documentary film projects along with journalism education initiatives in the Middle East for UNESCO and USAID.