Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Michigan, 1958; Master of Business Administration, University of Michigan, 1959.
Vice president Union Bank of Switzerland Wealth Management United States of America., Citigroup Commercial International Bank. Chairman Baltimore Sun Company. Finance analyst Duff & Phelps, 1960—1962.
Audit manager Arthur Andersen & Company, 1962—1967. Vice president, investment banking Paine, Webber, Jackson & Curtis, 1967—1969. Vice president, corporation finance Salomon Brothers, 1969—1974.
Vice president, Chief Financial Officer, director Tribune Company, 1975—1981, executive vice president, 1981—1991. Public Chicago Tribune, 1990—1994. President, Chief Executive Officer Tribune Public Company, 1991—1994.
President Tribune Company, 1994—2001, Chief Executive Officer, 1991—2002, chairman, 1996—2004. Special partner, advisor Madison Dearborn Partners LLC, since 2005. Board directors Associated Press, American Telephone & Telegraph Company Wireless Services.
Trustee Northwestern University, Rush University, Illinois Institute of Technology. Board directors Tribune Company, 1975—2003, Morgan Stanley, 2000—2005, Gilead Sciences Inc., since 2005, Boise Cascade Holdings, LLC, Boise Cascade Company, since 2005.
Trustee Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Museum television & Radio in New York, Northwestern University, Illinois Institute Technology. Member Chicago Council on Foreign Rels. (board directors), Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation (board directors), Newspaper Association American (board directors), Economics Club Chicago, Commercial Club Chicago (chairman).
Married Holly Williams, November 24, 1962. Children: Mark W., Griffith E., Melanie L.