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(June 18, 1926- ) Born Thomas Grey Wicker in Hamlet, North Carolina. Graduated from University of North Carolina in 1948 with a degree in journalism. After college edited two small North Carolina newspapers, Aberdeen Sandhill Citizen (1949) and Lumberton Robesonian (1949-50); also worked as director of the Southern Pines, North Carolina, Chamber of Commerce (1948-49) and as public information director for the North Carolina Board of Public Welfare (1950-51). Joined staff of Winston-Salem Journal in 1951, serving as copyeditor (1951-52) and, after two years with the U.S. Naval Reserves, as sports editor (1954-55), Sunday feature editor (1955-56), Washington correspondent (1957), and editorial writer and city hall correspondent (1958-59). Attended Harvard as Nieman fellow, 1957-58. Moved to the Nashville Tennesseean as associate editor (1959-60), and then to New York Times, working at the Washington bureau (1960-71, bureau chief 1964-68), as associate editor (1968-85), and columnist (1966-91). Author of three novels published under pseudonym Paul Connolly (Get Out of Town, 1951; Tears Are for Angels, 1952; So Fair, So Evil, 1955), and novels under his own name The Kingpin (1953), The Devil Must (1957), The Judgment (1961), Facing the Lions (1973), Unto This Hour (1984), Donovan's Wife (1992), and Easter Lilly (1998). His nonfiction works include Kennedy Without Tears (1964), JFK and LBJ: The Influence of Personality upon Politics (1968), A Time To Die (1975), On Press (1978), One of Us: Richard Nixon and the American Dream (1992), and Tragic Failure: Racial Integration in America (1996).