Peter graduated from the University of Houston in 1965. In 1983 he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus and in 1986 received the first Distinguished Communications Alumnus Award presented by that university.
While in school he wrote and directed a documentary film on the making of the film Baby, The Rain Must Fall called A Shooting in Town, which won a student academy award and was placed in worldwide distribution by the United States Information Agency.
Peter’s career in Washington began in 1969 when he was named press secretary to U.S. Congressman George Bush. Upon Mr. Bush’s confirmation as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in 1971, he was appointed his personal press officer. In 1974 Peter assumed his first assignment at the White House when he was named Staff Assistant to President Ford. From 1981-83 Mr. Roussel served in the White House as Deputy Press Secretary to the President, and from 1983-87 as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary.Peter has served as an on-camera television commentator for the ABC affiliate stations in Houston (KTRK-TV) and Boston (WCVB-TV), offering analysis on government and political affairs. He was host/co-producer of A Conversation with George Bush: 41st President of the United States, a documentary for KUHT-TV, distributed to the Public Broadcasting System. He has also written articles which have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and other newspapers.