Herbert George Klein in 1952.
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Theodore Roosevelt High School where Herbert George Klein studied.
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The University of Southern California where Herbert George Klein received a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Herbert George Klein with Blair Harris and Judith Harris.
Herbert George Klein with J. Stapleton Roy. Photo by Steve Cohn.
Herbert George Klein. Photo by Howard Lipin.
Herbert George Klein with Richard Nixon.
Herbert George Klein
Herbert George Klein
(In Making It Perfectly Clear, Herbert Klein offers an obj...)
In Making It Perfectly Clear, Herbert Klein offers an objective and revealing account of the Nixon Administration and the controversial issues - campaign intelligence operations, enemy lists, and the president's isolation - that led to its downfall.
Herbert Klein graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles in 1935. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Southern California in 1940. At the university, he served as a sports editor for the Daily Trojan during his junior year and wrote a column called "Sports Scribbles" in his junior and senior years.
Klein also received an honorary doctorate from New York College of Podiatry in 1972, an honorary doctorate from the University of San Diego in 1989 and from the University of Southern California in 2006.
Herbert Klein began his journalistic career in 1940. He worked as a reporter at the Alhambra Post-Advocate till 1942 when he joined the United States Navy. He was sent to San Diego and rose from the rank of ensign to commander. After the war, he went back to journalism, becoming a special correspondent for the Copley Newspapers in 1946 and news editor for Alhambra Post-Advocate. It was on that stint that he covered Nixon's 1946 campaign. Nixon recruited Klein to his staff in 1948 when Nixon ran for re-election.
Klein moved to San Diego in 1950 to write news stories, features, and editorials for the Evening Tribune. In 1952, he was transferred to the Copley chain's flagship paper, The San Diego Union, as a chief editorial writer. He rose through the ranks to editorial page editor, associate editor, executive editor, and, by 1959, editor of the morning newspaper. Klein accompanied Vice President Nixon to Moscow in 1959 for historic meetings with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and, a year later, represented Nixon in setting the terms for the first televised debates between presidential candidates, against Sen. John F. Kennedy.
Klein served Nixon, in various capacities, until 1973 when his position of director of White House communications - which had then created for him by Nixon after his successful run for president in 1968 - was eliminated. He then joined Metromedia Inc., a national non-network broadcasting group, as vice president of corporate relations. In 1980, Klein was appointed editor-in-chief of the nine daily and twenty weekly newspapers that formed the Copley Press, headquartered in San Diego. From his office in Mission Valley, he helped guide the chain's editorial positions, while maintaining contacts in politics and sports. He held that position for more than two decades, retiring in 2003.
From 2004 till the day of his death, Klein worked for Copley Newspapers as a consultant. Through his career, he also wrote a book Making It Perfectly Clear (1980). It is an account of its author’s years as a newspaperman and as a Nixon aide, including his time as director of communications for the executive branch and his recounting of the Nixon White House’s volatile relationship with the media.
(In Making It Perfectly Clear, Herbert Klein offers an obj...)1980
Herbert Klein was a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, California Press Association, Society of Professional Journalists, California Commonwealth Club, Rotary International, Kiwanis International, Sigma Delta Chi, and Delta Chi. He was the president and then a member of the Alhambra Junior Chamber of C. He served on the board of the San Diego International Sports Council, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., and on the executive committee of the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce.
Herbert Klein married Marjorie Galbraith on November 1, 1941. The marriage produced two children, Joanne L. Klein (mistress Robert Mayne) and Patricia A. Klein (mistress John Root).