Never Slow Down. (Bylines)

By El-Khoury, Tamara | American Journalism Review, April 2003 | Go to article overview

Never Slow Down. (Bylines)


El-Khoury, Tamara, American Journalism Review


Herb Klein, enduring newspaperman and former communications director for President Richard Nixon, announces he will retire in June as editor in chief of Copley Newspapers, after six decades in journalism and politics.

At 85, Klein has no intention of abandoning the newspaper business. He plans to write about the relationship between government and the press while also working as a consultant to San Diego-based Copley.

"I've had the unusual opportunity to have been asking the questions and answering the questions," he says. "Journalism is my career, and I'd say politics is my avocation."

But it wasn't his first passion. The former sports editor at the University of Southern California student newspaper thought he was called to a life as a sportswriter. "In junior college I played a little [football]. Then I finally figured out I could be a better writer than a football player," he says.

After graduating in 1940, he got a job as a copy boy for the Copley-owned Alhambra Post-Advocate in California. He served in the Navy during World War II, then returned to the Post-Advocate, where he covered the 1946 congressional campaign of another Californian just out of the Navy, Richard Nixon. …

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