He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6225 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
He was a war correspondent during World War II.
He introduced John Steinbeck to Ernie Pyle in Algiers, calling their new friendship a "mutual admiration society.".
He spoke German fluently. He said that Nazi propaganda minister Josef Goebbels was the most powerful evil speaker he ever watched in person.
He had a law degree, and had worked as a pro football player. Damon Runyon gave him his first sports writing job.
He won a libel judgment against Hearst newspaper columnist Westbrook Pegler, who had called him a Communist. The civil trial inspired the play, "A Case of Libel.".
Ambulance driver Robert Montgomery gave him a ride during the Fall of France in 1940.