Bachelor of Arts, University Alabama, 1958; Master of Arts, University Alabama, 1959.
Editorial writer, The Birmingham News, 1959-1966; editorial page editor, The Birmingham News, 1966-1972; assistant managing editor, The Birmingham News, 1972-1975; managing editor, The Birmingham News, 1975-1978; editor, The Birmingham News, 1978-1997; contributing editor, The Birmingham News, since 1997.
Member steering committee Leadership Birmingham, 1984-1994. Advisory board SalvationArmy, since 1986. Board directors United Way-Community Chest of Central Alabama, 1986-1998, chairman, 1997.
Served with United States Air Force, 1952-1956. Member American Society Newspaper Editors, Alabama Press Association (president 1989), Society Professional Journalists (president U. Alabama student chapter 1957-1958, president Alabama professional chapter 1965, 78, 84), Kiwanis, Summit Club.
Married Diana Sue Tremer, December 22, 1956. Children— James Edmund, Junior, Jennifer Jo, Jay Alan, Jayna Diane.