Peter Barry Chowka is a writer, journalist, medical-political analyst, editor, and photographer.
Since the 1970s he has worked in a variety of media (periodicals, radio, television, documentary films, and online) to report on issues and personalities in the fields of national politics, medical policy, popular culture, the environment, and innovative health options. Peter majored in English at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He got his start in journalism and media at WGTB, a leading non-commercial FM radio station in the nation’s capital affiliated with Georgetown. Peter served as news director, music director, and – for two years – station manager during a seminal and transformative period in the innovative station's history.
In 1972, Peter and his associate, the late Scott D. F. Spiegel, while they were students at Georgetown, worked for the presidential campaign of Sen. George McGovern (D-SD), writing and producing radio commercials for the youth vote that were broadcast on radio stations by the McGovern Campaign around the country. Peter and Scott traveled with Sen. McGovern during the last three weeks leading up to the November 1972 general election and filed reports from the campaign trail for the Campaign Radio Network, a distribution channel of college and non-commercial radio stations that they created. Peter also covered the 1972 Presidential primaries and the Democratic National Convention in Miami Beach. In 1974 and 1976, Peter exhibited his photographs of the campaign, titled “The Choice of The Century,” at galleries on Martha’s Vineyard and in Washington, D.C.
An accredited journalist during his years in Washington, D.C., Peter also covered and photographed many events at the Nixon White House.