Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ohman to give free, public talk April 15

Jack Ohman, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, is the 2019 Alan Miller Fund Visiting Journalist at the University of Maine on April 15–16.

A free, public reception will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, April 15, at Wells Conference Center. At 5:30 p.m., Ohman will deliver a talk titled “Drawing the Line: Cartooning in a Self-Parodying Era.”

The Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist and associate editor also will engage with communication and journalism students during his visit.

The native of Minnesota earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University Honors Program at Portland State University.

In 2013, Ohman was runner-up for the Herblock Prize for excellence in editorial cartooning, and in 2012, he was a Pulitzer finalist. Ohman won the 2011 Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism Award, the 2009 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the 2009 Society of Professional Journalists Award, the 2002 National Headliner Award and the 1995 Overseas Press Club Thomas Nast Award.

“For more than 35 years, Jack Ohman has delighted and infuriated readers with his funny, stirring and always topical cartoons,” Joyce Terhaar, executive editor of The Sacramento Bee, wrote in her 2016 cover letter to Pulitzer judges.

“In 2015, he took his artistry to a new level. He had plenty of material: gun violence; mass shootings and terrorism; Hillary Clinton; Donald Trump; California’s drought; and our endlessly interesting governor, Jerry Brown, and Brown’s Welsh corgi, Sutter.”

Ohman’s visit is made possible by the Alan Miller Fund for Excellence in Communication and Journalism that was established by alumna Anne Lucey in memory of her late husband. Miller taught journalism at UMaine from 1967 to 1991. He chaired the journalism department, advised the student newspaper and enthusiastically supported and coordinated the lecture series that enables experienced journalists to engage with and inspire young reporters.

To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kristen Libby, 581.1935, kristen.libby@maine.edu.