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Herb Caen

Herb Caen, American newspaper columnist, writer. Decorated Medaille de la Liberation France, 1949; recipient Pulitzer Prize, 1996, Lifetime Achievement award National Society Newspaper Columnists, Distinguished Achievement in Journalism award Southern California School Journalism, American Book award; walkway along the the Embarcadero in San Francisco named Herb Caen Way.

Background

  • Caen, Herb was born on April 3, 1916 in Sacramento. Son of Lucien and Augusta (Gross) Caen.

  • Education

    • Student, Sacramento Junior College, 1934.

    Career

    • Daily newspaper columnist San Francisco Chronicle, 1936-1950, 1958-1997. Columnist San Francisco Examiner, 1950-1958.

    Works

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Membership

    Served from private to captain United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945. Member of California Tennis.

    Connections

    • Married Bea Matthews, 1942 (divorced 1948). Married Sally Gilbert, February 15, 1952 (divorced 1959). Married Maria Theresa Shaw, March 9, 1963 (divorced 1982).

      1 child, Christopher. Married Ann Moller, April 20, 1996. Stepchildren: Stephen Moller, Catherine Moller.
    Herb Caen
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    Born April 3, 1916
    Died February 1, 1997
    (aged 80)
    • 1934
      Sacramento Junior College
    • 1936 - 1950
      Daily newspaper columnist San Francisco Chronicle
    • 1950 - 1958
      columnist San Francisco Examiner
    • 1958 - 1997
      Daily newspaper columnist San Francisco Chronicle