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Peter Stefanovic is a journalist and presenter for the Nine Network, who reports from the scene of major news events across Australia and the world for Nine News, the Today Show, and occasionally features on 60 Minutes and A Current Affair.

From 2008-2015 Peter was the Nine Network's foreign correspondent, based in its London and Los Angeles bureaus.

In 2014, he reported from Gaza City during its 50 day war with Israel. Under threat from heavy artillery and rocket attacks, he covered Israel's military invasion and received a prestigious Walkley Award nomination for excellence in Journalism. He also covered the similar 2009 and 2012 conflicts from both sides of the border.

Peter has a passion for conflict reporting, and again in 2014, made several trips to Iraq where he covered the stunning and deadly advances of the so-called Islamic State. He was based in Baghdad and the northern city of Erbil, as militants cut swathes through Iraq and Syria. Also that year, he spent weeks in eastern Europe as civil war raged between Ukraine and Russia.

Peter was a constant presence in North Africa during 2011's historic Arab Spring, which saw revolutions in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. He reported from Cairo's Tahrir Square the night Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was toppled as leader. He was also among the first western reporters to enter Libya for its uprising, which turned into a civil war and resulted in the death of dictator Colonel Moammar Gaddafi.

Peter has been on the ground for many of the world's most recent tragedies and historic moments. The 2015 earthquake in Nepal, the London riots, the massacre in Norway, the Eurozone crisis, and many European elections. Showing versatility, he's also covered three Olympic Games, and the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

In 2013 he made several trips to South Africa to report on and present prime-time documentaries on the death of Nelson Mandela and the arrest and court appearances of paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

Stefanovic was posted to London after three years as a United States correspondent. There he covered the 2008 presidential election and first inauguration of Barack Obama.

During this posting, he travelled all over the Americas from Alaska to Rio de Janeiro to Haiti where he reported on the earthquake that killed more than 300 thousand people. He covered the death of Michael Jackson, multiple Academy Award and Golden Globe ceremonies.

Prior to joining the Nine Network, Stefanovic was a cadet reporter with WIN TV in Rockhampton and Canberra. He graduated from Queensland's University of Technology.