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WVU to host talk tonight on political cartooning in an election year

Mike Luckovich

Mike Luckovich, 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will speak at West Virginia University Thursday, Nov. 9, as part of the P.I. Reed School of Journalism’s Ogden Newspapers Seminar Series.

The visual presentation on political cartooning will be held at 7:30 p.m. in G24 Eiesland Hall on WVU’s Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Luckovich’s talk, “Politics in Pictures: Editorial Cartooning in an Election Year,” will draw on his more than 20 years of experience satirizing politicians, celebrities and other newsmakers. Through personal stories and award-winning cartoons, he will offer his perspective on the headline stories during an election year.

A native of Seattle, Luckovich graduated in 1982 from the University of Washington with a degree in political science and landed his first editorial cartooning job with The Greenville News in South Carolina. By 1984, he had moved to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, where he placed as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1986.

Luckovich joined the Journal-Constitution in 1989. The following year he was awarded the Overseas Press Club’s “Best Cartoons on Foreign Affairs for 1989.” In 1992, he was named the National Headliner Award winner for editorial cartoonists.

The following year, Luckovich was again named the Overseas Press Club Award winner and in 1994 won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for cartoons that reflected positively on the disadvantaged. By 1995, he earned his first Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning.

This year, 20o6, has been Luckovich’s most prestigious year, having earned his second Pulitzer Prize and the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonist’s Society. He also won his second National Headliner Award, as well as the Thomas Nast and Sigma Delta Chi awards.

Available online through the Atlanta Constitution-Journal’s website, Luckovich’s work is syndicated nationally through Creators Syndicate in 150 newspapers and reprinted regularly in Time, Newsweek and The New York Times. Considered the most reprinted cartoonist nationally, Luckovich also appears frequently on CNN and has published two books of cartoons.