Mr. Severo is born in Newburgh, New York to Thomas and Mary Theresa Severo.
Mr. Severo receives a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and begins his career as a news assistant for CBS in New York City.
Mr. Severo serves as a reporter for the Poughkeepsie New Yorker (now the Poughkeepsie Journal).
Mr. Severo serves as a reporter for Associated Press in Newark, New Jersey.
Mr. Severo marries Emöke Edith de Papp and becomes a reporter for the New York Herald Tribune.
Mr. Severo serves as a writer for television news at CBS.
Mr. Severo studies at the Columbia University School of Architecture and Urban Planning (now the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation).
Mr. Severo serves as a reporter for The Washington Post and becomes an associate for Seminar on the City at Columbia University.
Mr. Severo receives the Front Page Award from the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild.
Mr. Severo joins the staff of The New York Times Company, serving as a foreign correspondent, a feature writer, a feature obituary reporter, and a scientific and environmental reporter.
After two years covering criminal courts and the drug addiction problem, Mr. Severo is appointed the New York Times Chief of Bureau in Mexico City, covering Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America.
Mr. Severo receives The George Polk Award from Long Island University.
Columbia University presents Mr. Severo with The Mike Berger Award, named for a late reporter for the New York Times.
Mr. Severo receives the Page One Award from the Newspaper Guild of New York and the Media Award from Agent Orange Victims International.
Mr. Severo serves as a visiting lecturer of American culture at Vassar College and authors “Lisa H.: The True Story of an Extraordinary and Courageous Woman.”
Mr. Severo co-authors “The Wages of War.”
Mr. Severo receives the National Commander’s Award from The American Legion.
Mr. Severo receives the Special Writing Award from the Society of the Silurians.
Mr. Severo establishes the Thomas and Mary Memorial Scholarship for students majoring in music and Italian at Vassar College.
Mr. Severo starts the Balmville Citizens Association to extend the life of the Balmville Tree, a 318-year-old giant cottonwood that gained admiration from President Roosevelt and was declared a landmark when George Washington built his headquarters in Newburgh during the American Revolution.