Graduate, St. Mark's School, Southborough, Massachusetts, 1932. Bachelor, Harvard University, 1936.
Reporter San Francisco News, 1935. Member staff St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1936—1948, associate editor, 1948—1955, editor public, 1955—1986. Now chairman Pultizer Public Company and subsidiary, 1986—1993.
Chairman Pulitzer Prize Board, 1955—1986. Member American Press Institute, 1956—1984. Member international advisory board Sing Tao Newspapers Ltd., Hong Kong, 1976—1991.
Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945.
Member board overseers Harvard University, 1976—1982, member committee to visit Harvard Art Museum, 1971—1975, vice chair, 1976—1983, member, 1984—1993. Member Harvard visiting committee to University Press, 1951. Honorary trustee St. Louis Art Museum, 1981—1993, commissioner, 1972—1980, member administrative board control, 1969—1972, member collections committee, 1971—1993.
Chairman Washington University committee for the arts, 1968—1971, library national council, 1987—1993. Member executive committee St. Louis Symphony Society, 1966—1993, chairman music committee, 1975—1993, trustee, 1939—1944, 1947—1993, community outreach committee, 1991—1993. Trustee St. Mark's School, 1965—1972, St. Louis Country Day School, 1960—1966.
Member special committee acquire works of 18th and 19th century art for White House, 1961. Member national committee raised funds to construct museum at base of Statue of Liberty American Museum Immigration. Member of Society Professional Journalists, International Press Institute, American Society Newspaper Editors, American Newspaper Public Association, Associated Harvard Alumni (director-at-large 1965-1968), St. Louis Press Club.
Married Louise Vauclain, June 2, 1939 (deceased December 1968). 1 child Joseph IV; married Emily Son of Rauh, June 30, 1973.