A former U.S. Air Force special operations pilot and a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Nolan Peterson is a conflict journalist and travel writer whose adventures have taken him to all seven continents.
Peterson is the foreign correspondent for The Daily Signal, the news site of the Heritage Foundation. His work has also been published by many other news outlets, including CNN, Newsweek, the BBC, Fox News, the National Interest, Runner’s World, Newsmax, UPI, the Epoch Times, the Daily Caller, and the literary journal “War, Literature and the Arts.”
As a war correspondent, Peterson has reported extensively from the front lines in eastern Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In the summer of 2015 he was the first American journalist to embed with Ukraine’s regular army in combat. In October 2015 he retraced the path of Tibetan refugees on a solo hike across the Himalayas from Nepal to China. He also spent several months on assignment in the Himalayas reporting on Tibetan freedom fighters.
A Florida native, Peterson graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in French. He attended graduate school at the Sorbonne in Paris, France from 2004 from 2006, where he studied politics and French literature. After leaving the Air Force in 2011, Peterson completed a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he was a McCormick Foundation fellow.
Peterson’s unique life experiences are the bedrock of his unique writing and journalism style. In addition to his time in the military and work as a journalist, he has run a marathon across a glacier in Antarctica, swum across the Hellespont from Europe to Asia, climbed mountains in the Himalayas, and completed Ironman triathlons. He travelled to all seven continents before age 30.
In 2018, Peterson published his debut short fiction collection, “Snow-Blind: And Other Stories.” He lives in Kyiv, Ukraine, with his wife Lilya.