Peter Cary

The Center for Public Integrity

Peter Cary is a currently a consulting reporter in the business unit at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. In 2017, he co-authored, with Patrick Malone of CPI, a series of prize- winning stories about gruesome injuries at the nation’s nuclear bomb facilities. Cary is a former investigative reporter and editor at U.S. News & World Report, and finished his career there as the managing editor. He began reporting at a small newspaper in Vail, Colorado. He went on to work on papers in Lexington, Kentucky; Bergen County, New Jersey; and Miami, Florida. In Miami he reported on white collar crime, the under-served black community in Fort Lauderdale, airline disasters caused by maintenance neglect, and the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. In 1987 he joined U.S.News & World Report in Washington where he first served as the U.S. News Pentagon reporter, and then helped launch its investigative team which he later ran as its editor.     At U.S. News, Cary wrote the story that exonerated a sailor charged by the Navy with blowing up the battleship USS Iowa. He worked on the prophetic cover story titled The Most Dangerous Man in the World, published only a month before Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. He did stories on the Department of Energy’s failed cleanup of nuclear weapons sites and illegal military sales of surplus weapons at home and abroad. He co-authored the US News book on the first Gulf war titled “Triumph Without Victory.”   

Cary’s projects have won numerous awards, including first prizes from the Overseas Press Club, and the Sigma Delta Chi award for Best Magazine Story of the year. Also, under his supervision won a National Magazine Award in 2001 for “best magazine website.”