Peter Hessler is an American writer and journalist. He is well known for his two books, China, River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (2001) and Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present (2006).
Hessler graduated Princeton University in 1992 and won a Rhodes Scholarship to study English language and literature at the University of Oxford. In 1996, he joined the Peace Corps and spent the next two years teaching English at a local college in Fuling, China. Since 1999, he has lived in Beijing as a freelance writer. He is currently married to journalist and writer Leslie T. Chang.
In 1999, Peter Hessler started a Yahoo Scholarship Fund which supports students in Sichuan, Chongqing and Tibet.