Student, University British Columbia.
Reporter, Vancouver (B.C.) Daily Province, 1924-1928; promotion manager, Winnipeg (Manitoba) Tribune, 1930-1932; sports editor, Vancouver Daily Province, 1932-1934; news editor, Vancouver Daily Province, 1934-1939; editor, public, Vancouver News-Herald, 1939; Washington correspondent, Southam Newspapers of Canada, 1941-1943; Washington correspondent, London Daily Mail associate editor, Time Magazine, 1943-1944; Washington chief, Time, Inc., 1944-1948; chief correspondence, Time, Inc., 1949-1950; assistant managing editor, Life, 1950-1954; deputy managing editor, Life, 1954-1960; general manager, Life, 1957-1960; London chief correspondent, Time, Life, Fortune, Sports Illustrated magazines, 1960-1987; former corporation historian.
Member Fullbright communications of United Kingdom, Council Foreign Relations, Reform Club, St. James Press Club, National Press Club, Overseas Writers Club, Metropolitan Club of Washington.
Married Georgina E. MacKinnon, December 28, 1928. Children: John Truscott, Katharine Ellen, Elizabeth, Brigid Mary, Robert Anthony.