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Nick Anderson Moving to Houston Chronicle

WASHINGTON, January 6, 2006 – After 15 years at The Louisville Courier-Journal, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Nick Anderson is packing up his sketchpad and moving to the Houston Chronicle. “It has been one of the most difficult decisions my wife and I have ever made,” said Anderson. “But ultimately, change nourishes creativity and it proved to be too good an opportunity to pass up.”

Starting Feb. 13, Anderson will replace Chronicle staffer CP Houston, who is retiring. The move is welcome news at a time when the trend in newspapers has been to eliminate staff editorial cartoonist positions. In late 2005, the Los Angeles Times and Baltimore Sun both chose not to replace departing editorial cartoonists. Earlier in the year, The Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun also eliminated its staff editorial cartoonist.To protest the cuts, on Dec. 12, 2005, more than 80 editorial cartoonists participated in “Black Ink Monday,” and did what they do best: They drew cartoons on the subject.

“It’'s nice to see the Chronicle buck the trend and to see a hard-working, talented guy like Nick get this opportunity. I don't know of anyone more deserving,” said Alan Shearer, editorial director/general manager of the Washington Post Writers Group, Anderson’s syndicate since 1996. “He has been producing cartoons of a consistently high quality, which has been recognized by editors everywhere.” Shearer went on to say that Anderson’s client list grew by nearly 50 percent since he won the Pulitzer in April and predicted, “One day Nick will be among the top five or six most widely published editorial cartoonists.”

Anderson grew up in Toledo, Ohio. At age 15 he started drawing cartoons for his high school newspaper and immediately knew his calling. He attended Ohio State University, and in 1989 he won the Charles M. Schulz Award for best college cartoonist. During a summer internship at The Courier-Journal, the newspaper immediately recognized his talent and offered him a job after graduation. In addition to the Pulitzer, Anderson earned the Sigma Delta Chi award in 2000, the 1999 Fischetti Award, and first-place honors for editorial cartooning in the Best of Gannett Awards in 1996, 1997 and 1999.

Joining Anderson in Texas will be his wife, Cecilia Baylon, and their sons, Colton and Travis. “I am looking forward to exploring Houston as a place to live and work, and carrying out the ambitious vision that the editors of the Houston Chronicle have for their staff cartoonist,” said Anderson.


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