Tony Auth

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Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Auth drew editorial cartoons for The Philadelphia Inquirer for more than 40 years and is currently digital artist in residence at WHYY.com. Cartooning icon Jules Feiffer has described Auth best: His perspective is that of a bemused and often angry comic historian. Irony, never a favorite form with Americans, is his meat and potatoes. He is not smug, and though he can be mean, he is never mean-spirited. Auth is a moralist and an optimist.

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Known for his provocative observations on society’s most volatile issues, Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Auth has been called “one of the greatest masters” of editorial cartooning by legendary CBS radio producer Norman Corwin. Fellow cartoonist Jules Feiffer describes him as a “bemused and often angry comic historian” who is nonetheless “a moralist and an optimist,” a commentator capable of expressing both disgust and hope through his work.

Auth was born in Akron, Ohio, and raised in Southern California. He began drawing at age 5 when he was bedridden for a year and a half and spent a great deal of time listening to the radio and looking at comic and children's books.

He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1965 with a degree in biological illustration and worked for six years as chief medical illustrator at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Southern California. In 1967, while still a medical illustrator, Auth began drawing political cartoons for the UCLA Daily Bruin.

In 1971 he was hired as staff editorial cartoonist by The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for more than 40 years. He is currently digital artist in residence at WHYY.com.

In addition to the Pulitzer, Auth has won numerous awards, including the 2005 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning and the Thomas Nast Prize in 2002. The Nast Prize has been awarded periodically to American and German cartoonists since 1978. In addition, he has won five Overseas Press Club Awards and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

Auth also illustrates children's books, including "The Sky of Now," by Chaim Potok, "Topsy-Turvy Bedtime" by Joan Levine and "Uncle Pirate" by Douglas Rees.

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