Judith Coates Peter, 68
Judith Coates Peter, a Washington, D.C. radio newscaster and television writer, passed away on March 1, 2016, at the age of 68.
Jude began her broadcast journalism career in the 1970s in the Midwest as a radio personality and producer at radio stations in Grand Rapids and Cleveland, Ohio. She moved to Washington, D.C. in the early 1980s and ultimately became a lead newscaster at all-news WTOP-Radio. She moved to writing for television news organizations, finishing her career as senior writer at WJLA7-TV in 2002.
Jude was a fierce defender of the journalism profession. Her radio voice was authoritative and engaging. Her writing was to the point. Her opinions on politics, business, sports and literature were expressed with confidence.
In retirement, Jude enjoyed reading and walking. She loved to vacation on Lake Michigan. She cherished her time watching horse races at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. and keeping score at MinnIowa Golf Club in Elmore, Minn.
Judith Ann Coates was born in Chicago, Ill. on May 23, 1947, to John Henry Coates and Mary Jane Komurka Blom. She graduated from Saugatuck High School and Western Michigan University.
She met her husband Lynden Peter in 1990. They married on April 2, 2000, and lived in the same Glover Park neighborhood their entire time together.
She is survived by her husband Lynden; brother, Allan Coates (Joyce) of Elyria, Ohio; sisters, Michelle Schulte, Wilmington, N.C., Becky Williamson (Johnny) of Bonita Beach, Fla. and Laura Fraebel (Troy) of Lexington, Ky.; and many nieces, nephews and grands.
Jude was a member of the Church of the Annunciation Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. Her favorite charity was the Young Life Youth Organization, where her niece Jill Fraebel is a volunteer.
Memorial services will be in Lexington, Ky. on April 16 and in Elmore, Minn. on May 29.