AB, University of California, Berkeley, 1962; Master of Science, Columbia University, 1970.
Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle, 1962; reporter, San Leandro (California) Morning News, 1962-1963; reporter, San Francisco News-Call-Bulletin, 1963-1964; editorial associate, National Committee for Support of Public Schools, Washington, 1968-1969; reporter, Wall St. Journal, Cleveland and San Francisco, 1970-1979; business editor, Oakland Tribune, 1979-1981; assistant managing editor, Oakland Tribune, 1981-1984, 86-88; ombudsman, Oakland Tribune, 1984-1986; associate editor, columnist, 1988-1992; columnist, since 1992. Lecturer School Journalism University of California, 1990-1991. Lecturer Asian American studies San Francisco State University, 1988-1992, lecturer journalism, 1991-1992.
Volunteer United States Peace Corps, The Philippines, 1964-1968. Member Asian American Journalists Association (national vice president 1989-1991, Special Recognition award 1990).
Married Joyce Ann Mende, November 23, 1968. 1 child, Sam Mende-Wong.