Bachelor, Linfield College, 1957. Master of Arts, University Maryland, 1990. Doctor of Philosophy, University Washington, 1995.
Reporter, Springfield (Oregon) News, 1958-1960; reporter, The Oregon Statesman, Salem, 1960-1970; news analyst, Station Keep Growing Wiser-television, Portland, Oregon, 1970-1986; administrative assistant to governor, State of Oregon, Salem, 1987-1989; senior fellow, The East-West Center, Honolulu, 1989; associate professor journalism, Western Washington U., Bellingham, since 1990. Member steering committee Reporters' Committee for Freedom of the Press, Washington, 1980-1987. Consultant Center for Foreign Journalists, Washington, 1989-1990.
Trustee Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon, 1972-1978, The Catlin Gabel School, Portland, 1976-1981. Member Sigma Delta Chi.
Married Dixie Ann Johnson, March 29, 1957. Children: Karen LaFollette McKay, David Scott.