Sacramento Bee cartoonist Jack Ohman wins two thousand sixteen Pulitzer Prize

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 0:09 AM

Ohman, fifty-five, won journalism’s highest honor for what the letter nominating him called a collection of drawings that “ranged from the bold to the masterfully understated.”“We at The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board thank the Pulitzer committee for recognizing Jack Ohman with American journalism’s highest award,” said Dan Morain, The Bee’s editorial page editor.

Sacramento Bee cartoonist Jack Ohman wins two thousand sixteen Pulitzer Prize

Sacramento Bee editorial was awarded the Monday for a on topics that explored gun violence, marriage equality, terrorism and the state of the American political system.

Ohman, fifty-five, won journalism’s highest honor for what the letter nominating him called a collection of drawings that “ranged from the bold to the masterfully understated.”

“We at The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board thank the Pulitzer committee for recognizing Jack Ohman with American journalism’s highest award,” said Dan Morain, The Bee’s editorial page editor. “We are privileged to look Jack’s creativity and talent on display every day, and we're fortunate to have such a grand colleague and friend.”

Cheryl Dell, The Bee’s publisher and president, said, “Since one thousand nine hundred ten, The Bee’s editorial cartoonists have used humor and wit to opine. I’m so pleased of Jack for following in their footsteps and for finding a way to deliver even more to readers.”

The prizes, administered by Columbia University, were announced at noon Monday in a ceremony that was live-streamed over the Internet and marked the one-hundredth announcement of the annual awards.

Ohman’s winning entry, in the category of distinguished cartoon or portfolio of cartoons, includes a $10.000 award. It marks the sixth Pulitzer for The Bee, and the latest since photographer Renée C. Byer won in two thousand-seventh for feature photography.

Ohman came to The Bee in two thousand-thirteenth from The Oregonian in Portland. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in two thousand-twelfth for that newspaper.

Since arriving in Sacramento, Ohman has established himself as a prominent voice on politics and social issues through his cartoons, a weekly humor column, a blog and via his alter ego, fictional CA politician Joe King.

The portfolio of twenty cartoons submitted to the Pulitzer committee demonstrate his range of cutting humor and emotion.

One was drawn after the Jan. seven, two thousand fifteen, terror attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed twelve people. The magazine had published cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, and Ohman’s drawing did the same, depicting the Prophet holding the Quran and asking masked terrorists, “Show me the page where it says, ‘Kill cartoonists.’”

Another drew from the racial tensions of riots in Ferguson, Mo., and showed a police officer aiming his pistol at the back of a youthful man. Ohman invited his readers to choose the Lessons of Ferguson: “Excessive force mustn't be used, and all races should attempt harder to obtain along together.” Or, “Get it on video.”

He addressed the historic CA drought, the rise of Republican GOP front-runner Donald Trump and the proliferation of mass shootings in the United States last year.

Ohman’s entry also featured some of his regular targets: CA Gov. Jerry Brown; and the governor’s beloved corgi, First Dog Sutter Brown.

“From day one his work has resonated, and made a difference,” said Dell. “Jack isn't only incredibly talented artistically, he’s able to be thoughtful, comic and provocative with just a few words. Having said that, I’m still waiting to hear how first dog Sutter Brown feels about being drawn by a Pulitzer Prize winner.”

Morain said Ohman’s cartoons “are witty, pointed, and often poignant.”

“Politicians’ hypocrisy and puffery are frequent targets,” Morain noted. “Though he's a pleased gun owner, he frequently takes aim at the National Rifle Association.”

Ohman’s inspirations draw on the news of the day and his conversations with editors and colleagues as he roams the halls and newsroom of The Bee at twenty-first and Q streets, collaring anyone with a spare moment.

“Jack is brilliantly bizarre in how he views the world – and I imply that as a compliment,” said Bee Executive Editor Joyce Terhaar. “An editorial cartoonist needs to be able to get an event or issue and convey a position in one drawing. That’s tough, but Jack does it well.

“He’s biting. He’s funny. We’re lucky to have him.”

Ohman began drawing in one thousand nine hundred seventy-eighth. His work presently is syndicated in about two hundred newspapers nationwide. He was signed to a syndication contract while still drawing for his college newspaper at the Univ of Minnesota.

Ohman came to The Bee after the two thousand twelve death of his near companion Rex Babin, the newspaper’s editorial cartoonist since one thousand nine hundred ninety-nine. In addition to The Oregonian, Ohman previously worked at the Detroit Free Press and the Columbus Dispatch.

His other honors comprise the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism Award and the national Society of Professional Journalists award.

Public Service Gold Medal for a series of stories campaigning against a corrupt political machine in Nevada. Two federal judicial nominations were withdrawn as a result of the investigation.

Public Service Gold Medal for the series “Sierra in Peril,” reports written by reporter Tom Knudson that detailed environmental threats to the Sierra NV mountain range.

Beat Reporting prize for “The Monkey Wars,” a series written by Deborah Blum on ethical and ethical questions involving primate research.

Editorial writing prize to Tom Philp, who authored a series of editorials urging the reclamation of the Hetch Hetchy Valley, which was flooded by a dam used to allow water to the Bay Area.

Feature photography prize to Renée C. Byer for her photographs chronicling a single mother’s attempt to care for her youthful son as he succumbed to cancer.

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