"Jon Carroll" has been a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1982, when he succeeded columnist Charles McCabe. His column appears on the back page of the Chronicle's Datebook section Tuesdays through Fridays. Locally, he is best known for his moderate-to-liberal politics and his odd, self-referential humor.

Carroll was born in Los Angeles, California/Los Angeles and raised in nearby Pasadena, California/Pasadena. He attended (but did not finish) University of California, Berkeley/UC Berkeley, where he edited the campus humor magazine, the California Pelican (magazine)/California Pelican. Before becoming a newspaper columnist, he worked on the editorial staff at Rolling Stone magazine (assistant editor, 1970) where he wrote "Voice Denies Nixon Drug Use," Rags magazine, Oui (magazine)/Oui, a Playboy spinoff (editor, 1972); the Village Voice (West Coast editor, 1974); WomenSports magazine (Consulting editor); and New West magazine/New West magazine (editor, 1978, where he won a National Magazine Award in 1979).

Carroll has long lived in Oakland, California/Oakland, with his wife, author Tracy Johnston, and a cat named Pancho, occasional subject of his columns. He writes satire, memoir, political comment and anarchic humor.

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