Timberg was raised in the New York City area. His father was American musician and composer Sammy Timberg. He received his college education at the United States Naval Academy and his journalism degree at Stanford University. He served with the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam from March 1966 to February 1967. He worked for many years as a reporter for The Evening Sun and The Baltimore Sun. He is also the author of John McCain: An American Odyssey and State of Grace: A Memoir of Twilight Time, a book about his experiences with sandlot football and growing up.
Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.
Alongside his successful career as a journalist and editor, Timberg authored four books.
- The Nightingale's Song (1995) ISBN 0684803011
- John McCain: An American Odyssey (1999) ISBN 141655985X
- State of Grace: A Memoir of Twilight Time (2005) ISBN 0684855623
- Blue-Eyed Boy: A Memoir (2014) ISBN 1594205663
- "The Nightingale's Song by Robert Timberg". Booknotes.org. Retrieved 2011-12-31.
- Simon & Schuster bio of Timberg
- "All Things Considered", NPR, Oct. 15, 2004
- Gross, Terry (July 29, 2014). "In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns". Fresh Air. NPR.
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