Born – 13-12-35 – Kirkcaldy, Fife.
Educated (?) – Amnesia Academy (Motto – Best forgotten).
Career in journalism:
1952-55 – Trained in Kirkcaldy office of Thomson-Leng Publications on Dundee Courier, Evening Telegraph, Sporting Post, Sunday Post and People’s Journal.
1955-59: Edinburgh Evening Dispatch – golf reporter, sports sub-editor, news reporter.
1959–64: Scottish Daily Express, news reporter, religious affairs correspondent.
1964-78: Daily Express, London – news reporter, news and features executive, medical correspondent, home news editor.
1978-80: BBC Radio Scotland – news and current affairs.
1980-82: Scottish Daily Express – political commentator, leader writer.
1982-2003: Daily Record – feature writer, leader writer, political editor,
Sunday Mail – assistant editor.
Daily Record – columnist and assistant editor (politics).
2003- : Freelance journalist, political commentator, author and broadcaster for national newspapers, radio and TV.
31st Scottish Press Awards – Lifetime Achievement Award.
Books: With Henry McLeish, former First Minister of Scotland – Scotland First; Scotland: The Road Divides (2007); Scotland – A Suitable Case For Treatment (2009).
Also: Marvellous Marvin – the Life, Football and Faith of a Soca