Bachelor of Science, University Arkansas, 1957. Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy, University Missouri, 1965.
With, various newspapers, Arkansas, Iowa., 1956-1961; assistant professor journalism, Indiana U., Bloomington, 1964-1970; professor, department chairman, Southern Methodist U., Dallas, 1970-1973; professor, department chairman, U. Mississippi, Oxford, 1973-1977; director journalism, U. Kentucky, Lexington, 1977-1981; professor, U. Kentucky, Lexington, 1981-1986; professor, University of Southern California, Columbia, since 1986.
Married Gayla Dennis, June 3, 1961. Children: Janet Farrar Worthington, Bradley Truman.