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Peter Vaughn Pischke

Health/Disability/Games Reporter; Disabled Otaku, Host of the Happy Warrior Substack & Podcast

Location icon United States

My name is Peter Pischke,

You may have seen my work covering the opioid crisis or read my report on Resident Evil.

I am an independent journalist focused on health & disability issues; as well as entertainment and gaming. My main beat is the opioid crisis. Other topics I frequently write about include nerd culture, film, politics, and journalism ethics.

I've appeared on many top podcasts, radio, and television programs. Dennis Prager, Bill O'Reilly, the popular Ayn Rand Centre UK podcast, and the Smithsonian's Old Not Better podcast, which reaches over 200,000 people each week. I've appeared on Newsmax, Ari Hoffman, the Saving Elephants podcast, and more.

I aim to always be a creative writer and reporter with a proven history of impactful pieces centered on hard-hitting issues as well as lighthearted nerd topics. A strong communicator possessing a wide network of contacts. A dedicated investigator and researcher experienced in putting months into impactful pieces.

My passion is for great journalism, and leaving my audience more entertained and enlightened than before they encountered my work.

Portfolio
Substack
07/31/2021
A Eulogy for David

How could this have happened? Why wasn't I there for him? Why didn't I do more? After putting down the phone, feelings of confusion and despair flooded my heart. David had been the first disabled friend I made since I myself became disabled some 14 years ago.

The Post Millennial
10/04/2020
Electronic Arts teams up with the ADL to enforce social justice in gaming

The games industry is being pushed by Germany and Electronic Arts in a direction that, if successful, would mean the mass de-platforming of right-wingers and free speech in gaming. The Anti-Defamation League and the big names in Silicon Valley have already signed on to similar projects in the US.

Saving Elephants Podcast
08/03/2021
Episode 88 – Opioid Pains with Peter Pischke

The opioid overdose crisis is back in the news with recent revelations that the already shocking death toll has increased dramatically since the pandemic. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death with opioids accounting for most of the deaths. This crisis has certainly received a lot of attention from lawmakers, healthcare professionals, and the media. However, Saving Elephants returning guest Peter Pischke argues that much of the debate over what to do about the growing...

The Federalist
09/03/2021
Massive Online Gaming Platform Roblox Is Rife With Scams And Abuse

Every day some 40 million players, mostly children, log on to the most popular game in North America and Europe, and perhaps the world. Unless you are 15 years old or a parent of someone who is, however, you may never have heard of Roblox before.

Smithsonian, Old Not Better Podcast
04/07/2021
The Smithsonian's Old Not Better Podcast: Peter Pischke – A painful struggle: Opioids can be...

This is the latest episode of the very popular, Not Old Better podcast, hosted by the Smithsonian. In the episode journalist Peter Pischke is interviewed about the opioid crisis and the opioid crisis. This episode turned out to be so popular in just 2 days over 160,000 people listened to it on SoundCloud alone.

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