Bachelor, University of North Carolina in Political Science, 1967.
Reporter, Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette, 1963-1966; newsman, Associated Press, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1967-1968; newsman, Associated Press, New York City, 1968-1969; war correspondent, Associated Press, Vietnam, 1969-1972; reporter, Associated Press, Washington, 1972-1979; assistant metro editor, Washington Post, Washington, 1979; White House correspondent, Associated Press, Washington, 1979-1984; chief White House correspondent, Associated Press, 1984-1987; chief of bureau, Associated Press, Moscow, 1987-1990; diplomatic correspondent, Associated Press, Washington, 1990-1991; Washington bureau chief, Boston Globe, 1991-1992; White House correspondent, Boston Globe, Washington, 1993-1994; columnist "Plugged In", 1994-1995; founder, Chief Executive Officer, Trysail, Inc., Washington, since 1996. Lecturer Georgetown University, Washington, since 1999.
With United States Army Reserve, 1964-1965.
Married Ann Blackman, February 23, 1974. Children: Leila Elizabeth, Christof Blackman.