Gerald Lee Warren

For the American film director, see Jerry Warren.
Jerry Warren
White House Director of Communications
In office
November 4, 1974  August 15, 1975
President Gerald Ford
Preceded by Ken Clawson
Succeeded by Margita White
Personal details
Born (1930-08-17)August 17, 1930
Hastings, Nebraska, U.S.
Died March 20, 2015(2015-03-20) (aged 84)
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Gerald Lee "Jerry" Warren (August 17, 1930 – March 20, 2015) was a United States journalist and newspaper editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune.[1] He served under Ron Ziegler as deputy press secretary in the Richard Nixon administration until 1974.[2] He served as Nixon's de facto final White House Press Secretary after Ron Ziegler's appointment as Assistant to the President in June 1974, though Zielger kept the title. He then held the same position as well as White House Director of Communications in the Gerald Ford administration until 1975.

Life and career

Warren was born in Hastings, Nebraska, and served as a pilot in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Mr. Warren graduated from St. Edward High School, St. Edward, NE in 1948. He graduated from University of Nebraska in 1952 with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.[3] In 1951, Warren served as the editor of the Daily Nebraska while also working as a reporter for the Lincoln Star. From 1952-1956, he served as a pilot in the US Navy.[1] Warren joined the San Diego Union in 1956 as a reporter and eventually worked his way up to becoming the assistant city editor.[4] He worked up to become assistant managing director at the paper in 1968, when he was invited to become deputy press secretary at the White House.[4] He worked under the Nixon administration and was the principal presidential spokesman during Nixon's last year of presidency. From 1974-1975 Warren also served as deputy press secretary to President Gerald Ford. Warren later returned to work for the San Diego Union as an editor from 1975-1995. During his time here, he worked towards promoting San Diego and building the community. He was also a strong supporter of University of California, San Diego programs.[1]

Warren was one of three original recipients of the Nixon enemies list memo.

Following his service at the White House, he returned to the Union-Tribune until his retirement in 1995. In 2002, he went into the ministry in Alexandria, Virginia.[5]


From 1982 until his death in 2015, Warren was a member of the Chancellor's Associates at UCSD.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Register of the Gerald Warren Papers". Online Archives of California. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  3. Thone, Ruth Raymond (Winter 2004). New Way of Life. University of Nebraska Alumni Magazine
  4. 1 2 "The Press: New Man Up Front". TIME. 1973-07-09. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  5. Wilkie, Dana (December 27, 2002). "Ex-Union-Tribune editor explores his spiritual side". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ken Clawson
White House Director of Communications
Succeeded by
Margita White
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