He arrived in New York City in 1968 to attend Fordham University, where he graduated in 1973 with a BA in communications.
From there he moved on to the New York bureau of UPI, where he did stints as a night city editor and City Hall bureau chief, before coming to The Post in 1986.
He started at The Post as a beat reporter and rose to assistant city editor.
During a period of fiscal turmoil at The Post, he moved on to the Daily News in 1991, where he rose to the position of national/international editor until 2007.
He then went on to ABCNews.com, where he was national editor until 2015. He most recently was an editor at CNNMoney.
In his storied career, he reported from the Mideast, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.
He famously chronicled his long battle with the disease, and even wrote his own obituary, titled “My Last Byline,” which can be read at Medium.
A memorial service will be held on Oct. 14 at 12:30 p.m. at the Prospect Presbyterian Church in Maplewood, NJ.
He leaves behind his wife, Thomson Reuters national correspondent Barbara Goldberg, and their children, Maura and Paul. In lieu of flowers, the family is inviting donations to Doctors Without Borders.