Beatrice Peterson ’12

Political Reporter - ABC News

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Beatrice Peterson is a political reporter and producer for ABC News. She  traveled across the country covering the 2020 Presidential campaign and, in the summer of 2020, reported on Black Lives Matter protests in Washington, D.C. She previously worked as a video producer at POLITICO for more than four years. At POLITICO, she hosted, wrote, edited and produced “Today in Trumpworld,” a daily video news series for web and social media focused on the relationship between White House, government, public policy and politics.

She was in Trinity’s honors program, and graduated with a double major in political science and business with a focus on global business. After she graduated from Trinity, she earned her master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

In June 2020, Glamour magazine asked her to reflect on being a Black reporter during a time of crisis: “Black Lives Matter: 8 Journalists on Reporting While Black, With the Weight of History on Their Shoulders.” She was joined by Errin Haines, Abby Phillip, Kristen Welker and other nationally recognized reporters.

“Each day I wake up I’m focused on telling a story from my hometown which has been ravaged by coronavirus,” she said. “I feel a duty, especially now as many Americans still work from home, to tell the complex story of America. For many D.C. protesters I’ve spoken to, they want their voices heard as they come to peacefully protest for the first time in their lives. They want to be seen and heard. Some have tears in their eyes and pain in their hearts. … However, through all of the uncertainty, I remain hopeful. I stick to my golden rule: Don’t go to bed in fear or sadness; go to bed looking forward to the hope that comes from tomorrow. And although it may be hard, laugh at least once a day, every single day.”

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