Bachelor of Arts, Washington and Lee University, 1960; Master of Arts, Vanderbilt University, 1966; postgraduate, Stanford University, 1976-1977.
Reporter, Nashville Tennessean, 1964-1968; assistant director, Southern Newspaper Publications Association Foundation, Atlanta, 1969; reporter, The Miami Herald, Florida, 1970-1976; editor, San Jose (California) Mercury News, since 1978; vice president, San Jose (California) Mercury News, since 1987. Board directors RLM Partners.
Board directors Santa Clara University Center for Applied Ethics, since 1987, Alliance for Community Care, 1997, Nonprofit Development Center, since 1997. 1st lieutenant United States Army, 1960-1962.
Married Betty Ann Doak, September 1, 1958 (divorced May 1969). Children– Mark Christopher, Jeffrey Cathcart.