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Paul Conrad :

Political Cartoonist

PAUL CONRAD is one of the most distinguished political cartoonists in the world. Over his remarkable 50 year career, he's drawn and quartered eleven American presidents, and tackled every major social and political issue the nation has confronted, with his political and editorial cartoons.

Pulitzer Prize Winner

His highly artful and thought-provoking cartoons have won him three Pulitzer Prizes, as well as a long list of prestigious journalism awards (*). His favorite distinction: his 1973 inclusion on Richard Nixon's Enemies List. His favorite irony: holding the Richard M. Nixon Chair at California's Whittier College (1977-78).

Independent Thinking

An extraordinary artist, and original political thinker of the highest order, he epitomizes the fiercely independent voice that has been vanishing from American news media in recent years.

As his honors, awards and hate mail affirm, Conrad makes a difference.

In addition to three Pulitzers (1984, 1971 and 1964), Conrad has won two Overseas Press Club awards (1981 and 1970); four Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for editorial cartooning (1993, 1992, 1990 and 1985); and in 1997, the Society of Professional Journalists honored him with his seventh Distinguished Service Award for Editorial Cartooning -- making him the only journalist to win that many awards in any category since the annual competition began in 1932.

Among his other achievements, Conrad was a senior fellow in the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research for 2001-02, and received a Culture of Liberation Award in 2002 from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.

Among his other honors are the Coro Foundation/Public Affairs Award (2001); L.A. County Democratic Party/Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt Man of the Year (2001); Pat Brown Institute/Lifetime Achievement Award (2000); American Association of Editorial Cartoonists' Lifetime Achievement Award (1998); Women Against Gun Violence, Award for Courage in Combating Gun Violence (1998); L.A. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists/Print Journalist of the Year Award (1992); and the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award for Print Journalism (1990).

Conrad's books include Drawing the Line (1999), CONartist (1993), Drawn and Quartered (1985), Pro and Conrad (1979), The King and Us (1974), and When in the Course of Human Events with Malcolm Boyd (1973).

His celebrated, limited-edition bronze sculptures of political leaders which include John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Sr., and Bill Clinton -- have been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Other major exhibitions include the Huntington Library (1995 and 1999), where the complete Conrad archive of original cartoons, working sketches, notes and correspondence is kept. His work is also included in American Treasures of the Library of Congress, an unprecedented permanent exhibition of the rarest and most significant items from the library's American history collection. Read more about Paul Conrad

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