Education: Bachelor's degree in philosophy and English from Georgetown University, 1961; Master's degree from Columbia School of Journalism, 1962
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Shelley; no children
Experience: Editorial writer and assistant editorial editor, St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 1962-65; executive assistant at Richard Nixon's law firm, then White House special assistant and speechwriter, 1969-72; special consultant in early months of Gerald Ford's term; columnist, radio and television commentator, 1975-85; communications director, Reagan White House, 1985-87; resumed commentary; ran for Republican presidential nomination, 1992; resumed commentary
Income: Estimated at $1 million in '95; assets at least $3.46 million.