Peter Wallsten is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal who covers national politics. Wallsten joined the Journal in October 2009 from the Los Angeles Times, where he authored, with Tom Hamburger, One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina and a Chapel Hill native, he worked previously at the Miami Herald, St. Petersburg Times, Charlotte Observer and the Congressional Quarterly. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Wallsten is partially blind as a result of Stargardt disease, which is a genetically inherited form of macular degeneration. In June 2006, this caused an exchange of words with President George W. Bush at a White House press conference. Unaware of the journalist's medical condition, the president questioned Wallsten's need to wear sunglasses when the sun wasn't visible. Bush later apologized for the incident.