Bachelor, Fresno State College, California, 1960. Master of Arts, Syracuse University, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1970.
Reporter Fresno Bee, 1959-1963, Associated Press, Albany, New York, 1964-1965. Assistant professor school journalism University Kentucky, Lexington, 1968-1969. Chairman department journalism University North Dakota, Grand Forks, 1969-1975.
Dean school journalism Drake University, Des Moines, 1975-1988, professor school journalism, since 1975, director graduate studies Des Moines, since 1993. Executive secretary Iowa Freedom Information Council, Des Moines, since 1976. Vice president, director Quill and Scroll Foundation, Iowa City, since 1987.
Chairman Iowa Citizens Privacy Task Force, Des Moines, 1978-1980, Supreme Court Advisory Committee, Des Moines, 1984-1985, Iowa Public television Editorial Integrity Committee, Des Moines, since 1989. Board directors National Freedom Information Coalition, 1993-2000. With United States Army National Guard, 1960-1966.
Member American Civil Liberties Union, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, Society Professional Journalists, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association (Excellence in Journalism award 1998), Phi Kappa Phi.
Son of; married Joan M. Pflueger, December 17, 1966. Children: Tamra, Laura.