Weaver was a graduate of Amherst College, and received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a law degree from the Albany Law School.
Weaver’s career as a reporter spanned four decades. He brought news of politics, Congress, the Supreme Court, and government issues to readers. He began his career at the Watertown Daily Times in 1947. A year later, he embarked on more than forty years with the New York Times, first as a reporter, then as a resident correspondent and Albany bureau chief, and then as a member of the Washington, DC, bureau. He also pursued a law degree, which he received in 1958. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1959 and the District of Columbia Bar in 1980. He also worked as a columnist for the New York Times from 1982 to 1987.
Retiring in 1989, he turned to freelance writing. Weaver was also a longtime member of the Gridiron Club in Washington and participated in satirical reviews—some of which he wrote and directed. He penned books, including Both Your Houses: The Truth about Congress and Making Our Government Work.
Weaver also served in the Navy in the Mediterranean and Pacific during World War II.
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Weaver was a member of the Gridiron Club, Washington Club and National Press Club.
Weaver was married to Barbara Woodall, with whom he had 4 daughters. The marriage, however, ended with a divorce. He then married for the second time. His wife's name was Marianne Means.