Bachelor, Harvard University, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Daniel Webster College, 1990. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Kenyon College, 2001.
Reporter Somerville (Massachusetts) Journal, 1968-1969. Feature writer Santa Barbara (California) News Press, 1969-1970. Public service director, copy writer KTMS Radio, Santa Barbara, 1970-1972.
Education reporter Ypsilanti (Michigan) Press, 1972-1973. Business reporter Detroit Free Press, 1973-1975. Metropolitan reporter Los Angeles Times, 1975-1977, congressional reporter Washington, 1977-1983.
White House correspondent, political writer Wall St. Journal, 1983-1988. Executive director Shorenstein Center on Press and Politics Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1988-1993. Moderator The Editors television program, Montreal, Quebec, 1990-1993.
Adjunct lecturer Kennedy School Government, 1991-1993, Medill School Journalism, 1993-1994. Founding director Center on Media and Society, University Massachusetts, Boston, 2003—2007, New England Ethnic Newswire Publisher, since 2007. Research director Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center Future Civic Media, 2008—2009.
Annenberg fellow Central European University, since 2009. Commentator Washington Week in Review Public Broadcasting Service-television, 1973—1988, Cable News Network, 1993—1997. Executive director The Democracy Project Public Broadcasting Service, 1996—1998.
Board directors Shorenstein Center.
Member Council of Foreign Rels., Fund for Free Expression, National Press Club.
Married John Shattuck, February 14, 1991. 1 child, Susannah; stepchildren: Jessica, Rebecca, Peter.