Former editor of The Nation and a noted political journalist.
He graduated from Brown University in 1981.
In 2012, he was the winner of the prestigious George Polk Award for Journalism.
He married Welmoed Laanstra and had two daughters: Maaike and Amarins.
Through reporting and skilled manipulation of a source, he obtained a recording of Mitt Romney at a $50,000 per-plate fundraiser belly-aching that 47% of Americans are "victims who depend on the government." It may have cost him the election.