Gerald Lee Warren was born on August 17, 1930, in Hastings, Nebraska. In 1952 he graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism. He served as the editor of the DAILY NEBRASKAN (1951) and worked as a reporter for the LINCOLN STAR (1951-1952). Between 1952 and 1956, Warren served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy.
After a brief time with the MILL VALLEY RECORD, Warren joined the staff of the SAN DIEGO UNION as a reporter and later as assistant city editor (1956-1961). He served as business representative (1961-1963) for the Copley News Service. In 1963, Warren returned to the editorial department as the city editor (1963-1968) and then assistant managing editor (1968-1969).
Gerald Warren served as deputy press secretary (1969-1974) to President Richard Nixon and was the principal presidential spokesman during Nixon's last year in the presidency. He also served as deputy press secretary (1974-1975) to President Gerald Ford.
In 1975 Warren returned to the SAN DIEGO UNION as editor (1975-1995). During that time, Warren worked to promote San Diego and to enrich the community. He has been a frequent supporter of and participant in University of California, San Diego programs, including events on Latin America at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, the Institute of the Americas and the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. He has lectured frequently on the topic of the free press in a democratic society in various Latin American countries. Warren has also been a member of the Chancellor's Associates at UCSD since 1982.From the finding aid for Gerald Warren Papers, 1975-1995 (Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD)