Washington Monthly founder Charles Peters died Saturday at the age of 96.
Peters, a West Virginia native, was a prolific writer and an influential figure in American journalism. He created the Washington Monthly in 1969 as a magazine that would “tell ambitious politicians they better start serving the general public” and that would provide a “visceral understanding of politics.”
Peters was a political force both in and out of the magazine’s pages. His editorial work and writing shaped the public discourse of the era, pushing for reform and an increased focus on the plight of everyday citizens.
He wrote “The Politics of Inclusion” in 1976, which documented the growth of American liberalism and tackled topics such as the role of the media, voting rights, and the aftermath of Watergate. He was also a vocal advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment and other policies that sought to improve the lives of those less privileged.
Peters retired from the magazine in 2002, but remained an active figure in the journalism community until his death. He was the recipient of numerous honors, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, the Magazine Editors Lifetime Achievement Award, and the prestigious National Humanities Medal.
Peters is survived by his wife, four sons, and five grandchildren. He will be remembered for his accomplishments, but also for his commitment to the values of the Washington Monthly – words of wisdom that continue to resonate today.