Charles Peters (born 1926) is an American journalist, editor, and author.
Founder and former editor-in-chief of The Washington Monthly magazine, he is currently the president of Understanding Government. Peters was born in Charleston, West Virginia in 1926. He attended local public schools, graduating from Charleston High School in 1944. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944. After his discharge in 1946, he attended Columbia College in New York, receiving his B.A. in 1949 and his MA from the university in 1951. He attended the University of Virginia Law School, receiving his J.D. in 1957. From 1957-1961, he practiced law in West Virginia, and managed John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign in Kanawha County. In 1961 and 1962 he served in West Virginia House of Delegates. He was director of evaluation for the Peace Corps from 1962-1968. In 1969 he founded Monthly and was editor-in-chief until 2001. In 1999 he founded the non-profit organization Understanding Government, of which he is currently president. Peters is the author of four books including, most recently, a biography of Lyndon Johnson. Until 2014 he wrote a regular Washington Monthly column “Tilting at Windmills.”..
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