Laurie graduated from the American University in Washington D.C. in 1973 with a degree in History and a certificate in Asian Studies. He started a freelance career in the early 1970s writing for the 'Far Eastern Economic Review' and other newspapers. Wikipedia*
On the C-SPAN Networks:
Jim Laurie has two videos in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 1975 Broadcast as a Correspondent for NBC. The year with the highest average number of views per program was 2012 with an average of 315 views per program.