Ralph Allen (journalist)

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Ralph Allen
Born(1913-08-25)August 25, 1913
DiedDecember 2, 1966(1966-12-02) (aged 53)
OccupationJournalist, editor, novelist

Ralph Allen (August 25, 1913 December 2, 1966) was a Canadian journalist, editor, and novelist.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Allen was raised and educated in Oxbow, Saskatchewan. At sixteen he became a sports reporter for The Winnipeg Tribune , before moving to Toronto's renowned The Globe and Mail where he served as a war correspondent during the Second World War. In 1946, he joined newsmagazine Maclean's , becoming editor in 1950. He left Maclean's in 1960 and worked for The Toronto Star from 1964 until his death in 1966.

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