Deakin studied and reported the administrations of John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.
In 1951, he joined the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch and worked as a white house correspondent. In 1954, he was appointed to the Washington Bureau during the Eisenhower administration. From 1958-1980, Deakin covered the White House.
In 1981, he retired from The Post-Dispatch and ended up teaching courses in journalism at George Washington University until 1987.
Deakin died at the age of 77 from liver cancer in June 2007 in Barrington, Rhode Island.
Member White House Corrs. Association (president 1974-1975).
Married Doris Marie Kanter, April 14, 1956. 1 son, David Andrew.