BJ, University Missouri, 1952. Master of Science in Journalism, Northwestern University, 1956.
Reporter, Post-Herald, Birmingham, Alabama, 1952; sportscaster, WKZO-television, Kalamazoo, 1957-1958; sports editor, Union-Sun Journal, Lockport, New York, 1958-1962; reporter, Courier Express, Buffalo, 1962-1982; editor, Jewish Review, Buffalo, since 1983.
Democratic committeeman Town of Amherst, New York, 1965. Board directors Hebrew Free Loan Association, Buffalo, 1992-1994, bureau of Jewish Education, Buffalo, 1964-1965. Sergeant United States Army, 1953-1954.
Korea. Member of the United States Harness Writers Association (treasurer 1962-1992).
Married Gretel Sonnenberg, February 19, 1961 (deceased December 1999). Children: Jeffrey, Steven, Heidi Abbey Helfman.