Warren Hinckle

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Warren Hinckle
Warren Hinckle (San Francisco 2006).jpg
Warren Hinckle in 2006
Born Warren James Hinckle III
(1938-10-12)October 12, 1938
San Francisco, California
Died August 25, 2016(2016-08-25) (aged 77)
San Francisco, California
Alma mater University of San Francisco
Occupation journalist, editor
Years active 1964–2016
Children 3

Warren James Hinckle III (October 12, 1938 – August 25, 2016) was an American political journalist based in San Francisco.[1] Hinckle is remembered for his tenure as editor of Ramparts magazine, turning a sleepy publication aimed at a liberal Roman Catholic audience into a major galvanizing force of American radicalism during the Vietnam War era of the late 1960s and early 1970s.


As a student at the University of San Francisco, Warren Hinckle wrote for the student newspaper, the San Francisco Foghorn. After college, he worked for the San Francisco Chronicle. From 1964 to 1969, he was executive editor of Ramparts, a widely circulated muckraking political magazine of the Catholic left, heavily involved in the antiwar New Left politics of the period.

In 1967, Hinckle was among more than 500 writers and editors who signed the "Writers and Editors War Tax Protest" pledge, vowing to refuse to pay the 10% Vietnam War Tax surcharge proposed by president Johnson.[2] After leaving Ramparts in 1969, Hinckle co-founded and edited the magazine Scanlan's Monthly with New York journalist Sidney Zion. After Scanlan's folded in 1971 he was involved with a number of publications, including editing Francis Ford Coppola's ambitious City magazine, which ceased publication in 1976. In 1991 he revived The Argonaut, and was its editor and publisher and also of its online version, Argonaut360.

Hinckle wrote or co-wrote over a dozen books, including a 1974 autobiography, If You Have a Lemon, Make Lemonade.

After working for both major San Francisco dailies, the Chronicle and The San Francisco Examiner, Hinckle went to work as a columnist for the San Francisco Independent, founded in 1987. Hinckle used his post at the Independent to advocate for his personal political beliefs.[citation needed] During his time at the Independent Hinckle also wrote campaign literature, distributed by the newspaper's owners, the Fang family, and attempted to coerce politicians.[3][not in citation given]

Hinckle's biography and tenure at Ramparts is described at length in Peter Richardson's A Bomb In Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America.[4]

Hinckle wore a black patch to cover an eye that was lost in his youth due to an archery accident. (The SF Chronicle said it was an auto accident). He was the father of the journalist Pia Hinckle. He died of pneumonia on August 25, 2016 at the age of 77 at a hospital in San Francisco.[5][6]


  • 1991 The Agnos Years, 1988-1991, San Francisco Independent, San Francisco, ISBN 0963164317
  • 1985 Gayslayer! The Story of How Dan White Killed Harvey Milk and George Moscone & Got Away With Murder, Silver Dollar Books. ISBN 0-933839-01-4
  • 1981 The Fish is Red: The story of the Secret War Against Castro (with William W Turner), Harper & Row, New York, ISBN 0060380039
  • 1974 If You Have a Lemon, Make Lemonade, Putnam, New York, ISBN 0393306364
  • 1971 Guerilla-Krieg in USA (Guerrilla war in the USA), with Steven Chain and David Goldstein, Stuttgart (Deutsche Verlagsanstalt). ISBN 3-421-01592-9


  1. ^ "Who's who in Finance and Industry". [etc.] Marquis Who's Who. 1 January 1971. Retrieved 25 August 2016 – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” January 30, 1968, New York Post
  3. ^ "Print and politics mix it up -- with dollop of pressure tossed in". Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Chepesiuk, Ron. Sixties Radicals: Then and Now (McFarland, 1995), p. 107-109.
  5. ^ "Muckraking SF journalist Warren Hinckle dies at 77". Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Times, Los Angeles. "Warren Hinckle, former editor of Ramparts magazine, dies at 77". Retrieved 25 August 2016. 

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