Former editor-in-chief and vice president of MSNBC whose stack of awards includes a Peabody Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and an Emmy Award.
He attended Youngstown State University for seven years but never graduated.
He twice served as a Pulitzer Prize juror.
He married, and then later divorced, Nancy Cook.
He was a character in the 2013 play Lucky Guy, which starred actor Tom Hanks.