- B.A. in history, Dartmouth College (1970)
- M.S. in journalism, Columbia University (1972)
Areas of expertise: Media, renewable energy, health care, New England culture, business, politics, international affairs, developing world economics
Whitcomb was educated in New England and New York schools before embarking on a 43-year career in writing and editing, mostly as a journalist. Beginning as a writer at the Boston Herald Traveler after college, he worked subsequently at the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal and was an editor at The Wall Street Journal where, among other things, he occasionally wrote the World-Wide column. Whitcomb later became the financial editor of the International Herald Tribune, based in Paris. He has been editorial page editor at The Providence Journal since 1992, and also vice president since 1997. There, Whitcomb also helped plan annual public affairs conferences with Brown University. Along the way, he has written and reported for such national magazines as Newsweek and The Weekly Standard, been the editor of several books and international newsletters and co-written a book called "Cape Wind." Whitcomb has co-hosted a weekly public affairs show on television and is a frequent guest on National Public Radio.