Bachelor, Stanford University, 1955.
Copy assistant, reporter, Washington Post, 1956-1957, 60-64; reporter, San Francisco Examiner, 1957-1959; Washington bureau chief, Monterey Herald and Toledo Blade, Washington, 1979-1981; investigative reporter, Monterey (California) Peninsula Herald, 1973-1979; city editor, Monterey (California) Peninsula Herald, 1981-1983; managing editor, Monterey (California) Peninsula Herald, 1983-1988; Washington bureau chief, White House correspondent, Toledo Blade and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington, since 1988.
Board directors Lyceum of Monterey Peninsula, 1977-1979, All Saints Episcopal Day School, Carmel, California, 1977-1979, Monterey College Law, 1978-1979. Senior warden St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, Carmel Valley, California, 1983-1984. Warden St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, Belfast, Maine, 2004-2005.
Board directors Senior College University Maine Hutchinson Center, Belfast, since 2008, vice president, since 2010. Member of Stanford Alumni Association, National Press Club, Gridiron Club, Stanford Cap and Gown Society.
Married Winthrop Gold Griffith, October 4, 1958 (divorced January 1986). Children: Kevin Winthrop, Christina Suzanne.