Bachelor in Journalism, San Francisco State University, 1979. Master of Arts in International Studies, University Birmingham, England, 1990.
Editor, Phoenix, San Francisco, California, 1978-1979; managing editor, Mill Valley (California) Record, 1979-1981; copy editor, city editor, editor, Contra Costa Independent, Richmond, California, 1981-1984; copy editor, news editor, city editor, assistant and managing editor, Oakland (California) Tribune, 1984-1992; editor in residence, Pacific Coast Center Freedom Forum, Oakland, California, 1993; managing editor, Newseum, Arlington, Virginia, since 1994. Newsroom trainer and newspaper consultant, Maynard Institute, Oakland, 1992-1993.
Pulitzer Prize juror, Columbia University, New York City, 1992, 93. President First Amendment Project, Oakland, since 1992. Member National Press Club, American Association Museum, American Society Newspaper Editors.
Married Mary Ann Hogan, July 11, 1987. Children: William Hunter Hogan Newton, James Dennis Robert Newton.