He attended Ulysses S. Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, where he was on the swim team. After graduation, he enrolled at the University of Oregon in Eugene, graduating from its School of Journalism and Communication in 1967. In 1999, he was inducted into the school's Hall of Achievement.
Wieden has been Oregon’s Professional of the Year, Oregon’s Entrepreneur of the Year, one of the world’s 50 CyberElite by Time magazine, and one of 32 members of the One Club Creative Hall of Fame.
Wieden is the founder of Caldera, a nonprofit arts education organization and camp for at-risk youth located in Sisters, Oregon.
- Dan Wieden profile in 100 ad people of the 20th century.
- Dan Wieden profile via University of Oregon
- Caldera, a nonprofit arts education organization founded by Wieden
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