Peter Daut is a multi-Emmy-Award-winning journalist, who has anchored and reported at TV stations across the country, including Los Angeles, Charlotte, Dallas and El Paso.
During his tenure at KCBS/KCAL-TV in Los Angeles, Daut served as the lead reporter on several major stories, including the Pulse nightclub shooting-massacre in Orlando, FL. He traveled to New York City to cover the 2016 presidential election, Denver, CO to investigate the legalization of recreational marijuana, and Carson City, Nevada for the parole hearing of O.J. Simpson. In 2016, he won an Emmy® Award for a compilation of his work in the Individual Achievement category of Outstanding News Feature Reporting.
He also appeared as a guest on the nationally-syndicated show “The Talk.”
Earlier in his career, Daut was a morning anchor and investigative reporter at WSOC-TV in Charlotte. While in the Queen City, he uncovered and reported on a number of issues affecting taxpayers and consumers and anchored from inside the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In addition, he received the national Journalistic Achievement Award from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for his investigative reports on a cosmetic-surgery clinic.
Daut also worked at KDFW-TV in Dallas, where he won an Emmy® for his report on the shooting massacre at Fort Hood. While in Dallas, he covered, among other things, the Super Bowl, tornadoes, and wildfires.
He began his on-air career at KFOX-TV in El Paso, where he covered the largest public-corruption scandal in Texas history, as well as numerous stories involving the Border.
Daut graduated Cum Laude from the University of Southern California, where he received dual degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. He also minored in Spanish and was recognized by the university as a Renaissance Scholar.
He grew up in Placentia, and at the age of 13 joined the Yorba Linda chapter of DeMolay. Daut became Master Councilor in 1998, and later served as the Vice President of the Orange Empire League. He received numerous awards from DeMolay, including the PMC-MSA, Chevalier, and most recently the Legion of Honor.
“More than any organization I was a part of in my youth, I am most grateful to DeMolay,” Daut said. “Not only did it instill in me tremendous values, leadership and social skills, it helped me develop into a public speaker, which has been crucial for my career in television. I will always be thankful to DeMolay for the countless memories, friendships and lessons I cultivated.”