Mix ingredients. Stir. Simmer. Season to taste. Reduce. Garnish. Serve hot.
That’s how I like to describe the creative process, which I've used to cook up thousands of editorial cartoons ever since I drew my first as a sophomore in high school.
With that recipe, I became one of the top editorial cartoonists in the country. I'm one of the most widely syndicated cartoonists, with my work distributed internationally to nearly a thousand publications by Cagle Cartoons. My award-winning cartoons have appeared in such publications as USA Today, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Time, and U.S. News & World Report, among others. I have been featured on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, where viewers of “The O’Reilly Factor” officially voted me a “Pinhead.”
My career has also included copy editing, design, and illustration.
I have designed magazine covers, drawn caricatures, and completed numerous freelance illustration projects.
One such project inspired a massive rebranding and marketing effort for my alma mater, American University in Washington, D.C. The WONK campaign originated from a sketch I drew for the AU magazine. As part of the campaign, I created dozens of WONK characters, comic strips, and other marketing materials.
As a designer, I helped redesign a newspaper three times while designing front pages and special sections daily.
I pursued a degree and career in journalism to learn how to write, edit, think analytically, and break down complex subjects into easily digestible nuggets. The daily news provided me with a continuing education about the world and the way people think and act, and my passion for challenges and problem-solving was rekindled every day. Newsrooms are wonderful factories of collaboration; that group interaction was always thrilling and helped elevate my own work.
Throughout my career there has been an enduring common thread: passion and creativity.
And the process – that aromatic alchemy of ingredients – continues.
I was editorial cartoonist for The Columbus Dispatch from 2012 to 2019. Prior to that, I was the editorial cartoonist for The Washington Examiner from 2005 to 2012. My first job in journalism was as Virginia News Editor for The Journal Newspapers from 2003 to 2005.
•2017 Sigma Delta Chi Award - Society of Professional Journalists
•2014 John Fischetti Award - Columbia College Chicago
•2010 Thomas Nast Award - Overseas Press Club
•2008 Berryman Award - National Press Foundation
•Multiple honors from the Virginia, Maryland and D.C. press associations
•2007 Golden Spike Award - Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
My Technical Skills
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Dreamweaver, HTML, Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) recording