Peter T. Kilborn was a Relo who moved eight times over twenty years, to Paris, Los Angeles, London, and Washington, D.C., with intervening years in New York. He grew up in Providence, R.I., is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, where he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and worked summers for the Hartford Courant and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He earned a master's degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and was a Professional Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Enlarge this image
Kilborn became a reporter for the Providence Journal-Bulletin, a correspondent and writer for Business Week magazine, and business editor of Newsweek. Over thirty years as an editor and foreign and national correspondent for the New York Times, he covered economic policy under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, social issues, and the workplace. Later he roamed rural America for the Times, reporting on ghost towns of the Great Plains, poverty in the Mississippi Delta, illiteracy in Appalchia, octogenarian dating in Arizona, and riding lawn mower racing in North Dakota.
Kilborn was a contributor to major Times series on guns, health care, and disadvantaged youth. He introduced Relos as part of the newspaper's award-winning series and book Class Matters. The Times nominated him twice for the Pulitzer Prize. At Newsweek, he won the New York Deadline Club's special citation for reporting on foreign investment in the U.S. He and his wife Susan have two grown children and live outside Washington.