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Charles Peters: Farewell to the Washington Monthly Founder at 96

Charles Peters, a pioneering American journalist and founder of the Washington Monthly magazine, has passed away at the age of 96.

Peters was born in 1923 in Iowa, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Iowa in 1946. After graduating, Peters moved to Washington, D.C., in search of a career in journalism. In 1969 he fulfilled this dream by founding the Washington Monthly magazine, a magazine devoted to “public service journalism” that aimed to hold the government accountable.

Peters’ leadership helped the Washington Monthly to become an influential voice in the flood of national media. His magazine provided coverage of issues big and small, and was able to provide a different perspective than that of most mainstream outlets. His publication didn’t shy away from tough political topics, such as race, poverty, the military-industrial complex, and the war on drugs.

For almost 50 years, Peters used his platform to encourage responsible government. He was also a staunch advocate for civil rights and championed the cause of minority communities. As a firm believer in freedom of the press, he wrote thoughtful pieces that goad readers into questioning authority and considering alternative views.

And he didn’t forget to have a little fun at the expense of various American politicians by regularly publishing “DJS” (Dumb-Joke Syndrome) cartoons. His renowned cartoons often mocked the foibles of various public figures.

Peters’ impact on the world of political journalism was profound. He was an authoritative voice in his field and he will be greatly missed.

He leaves behind a family of four children, fourteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

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