Warren Hinckle

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Warren Hinckle (born 1938) is an American political journalist based in San Francisco. As a student at the University of San Francisco he 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.[1] 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, and has since been editor and publisher of The Argonaut and its online version, Argonaut360.

Hinckle has written or co-written 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.[2][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.[3]

Hinckle wears a black patch to cover an eye that was lost in his youth due to an archery accident. He is the father of the journalist Pia Hinckle.


  • 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. ^ “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” January 30, 1968, New York Post
  2. ^ Print and politics mix it up -- with dollop of pressure tossed in
  3. ^ Chepesiuk, Ron. Sixties Radicals: Then and Now (McFarland, 1995), p. 107-109.

External links[edit]

  • Argonaut360
  • A Bomb In Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America by Peter Richardson, New Press, New York, 2009, ISBN 1595584390