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Peter Daut


Peter Daut is a multi-Emmy-Award-winning journalist, who currently anchors the 4 and 6:30PM newscasts for KESQ News Channel 3.

Almost immediately after he joined the station in 2020, Daut launched the interactive program "Coronavirus: Questions Answered," which earned him an Emmy Award for the Best Evening Newscast. He continues to conduct in-depth interviews with newsmakers on the big stories of the day. As a member of the station's I-Team, he has investigated numerous issues affecting the Coachella Valley, including arsenic-laced water, the county's botched response to monkeypox, and the rise in homeless squatters. In addition, he frequently contributes in-depth reports on a wide range of topics. He received the 2022 California Golden Quill Award for outstanding education reporting.

Earlier in his career, he anchored and reported 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, Colorado to investigate the legalization of recreational marijuana, and Carson City, Nevada for the parole hearing of O.J. Simpson. 

He also worked at stations in Charlotte, North Carolina and Dallas, Texas.

Daut loves the Coachella Valley, which he has always considered his happy place. He is active with numerous desert charities and organizations, and frequently hosts galas and events. He and his husband, David, live in La Quinta with their two rescue dogs, Kiwi and Moo.

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