Charles Peters, the founder of the Washington Monthly magazine, has died at the age of 96. According to the magazine, he passed away peacefully at a retirement community in Virginia.
Peters founded the magazine in 1969, and it quickly became known for its in-depth, left-leaning political journalism. He served as the magazine’s editor-in-chief until 2001, when he stepped down to become the magazine’s editor-at-large.
Peters had a long and distinguished career in journalism and politics. Prior to founding the Washington Monthly, he had worked as a reporter and an editor for the Washington Post. He also served in the Johnson administration as the executive director of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, commonly known as the Kerner Commission.
In addition to being a champion of progressive causes, Peters was known for his wit and his skill as a storyteller; he even wrote a few books based on his experiences in journalism and politics.
Peters is survived by his wife, Barbara, and their two children, Peter and Clara. He will be remembered for his dedication to truth-telling and to strengthening democracy through transparent, honest reporting.