Herb Caen

Journalist, Author

1916 – 1997


Who was Herb Caen?

Herbert Eugene "Herb" Caen was a San Francisco journalist whose daily column of local goings-on and insider gossip, social and political happenings, painful puns and offbeat anecdotes—​"a continuous love letter to San Francisco" —​appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle for almost sixty years and made him a household name throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

The secret of Caen's success [was] his outstanding ability to take a wisp of fog, a chance phrase overheard in an elevator, a happy child on a cable car, a deb in a tizzy over a social reversal, a family in distress and give each circumstance the magic touch that makes a reader an understanding eyewitness of the day's happenings.

A special Pulitzer Prize called him the "voice and conscience" of San Francisco."


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Apr 3, 1916
Also known as
  • Herbert Eugene Caen
  • Mr. San Francisco
  • King of Three-Dot Journalism
  • United States of America

  • (1932 - 1936)
  • Hearst Corporation
    (1958 - 1996)
  • Hearst Corporation
    (1936 - )
  • San Francisco Newspaper Company LLC
    (1950 - 1958)
Lived in
  • Sacramento
  • San Francisco
    ( - 1997/02/01)
  • San Francisco Bay Area
Feb 1, 1997
San Francisco

on July 23, 2013