David Horsey


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    David Horsey (born 1951) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist in the United States. His cartoons appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer until December 2011 and in the Los Angeles Times currently and are syndicated to newspapers nationwide.

    Life and career

    Horsey was born in Evansville, Indiana and moved to Seattle, Washington at age 3. He began working as a cartoonist in the Cascade, the school newspaper at Ingraham High School. He was a French horn player in the Seattle Youth Symphony. He attended the University of Washington, where, as a freshman, he became the editorial cartoonist of the student newspaper The Daily. He went on to become the first editorial cartoonist to be chosen as editor-in-chief of The Daily. He graduated in 1976 with a degree in communications.

    Horsey’s first job was as a reporter for the Bellevue Journal-American, but in 1979 he was hired to be the editorial cartoonist of the Post-Intelligencer. In 1986, he earned a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Kent in England. In 2004 he received an honorary doctorate degree from Seattle University.

    At the end of 2011, he left the Post-Intelligencer and went to work for the Los Angeles Times.

    Horsey has been recognized for his work with numerous awards over the years, the most notable of which is the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. He received this award first in 1999, when many of his cartoons focused on the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and again in 2003, when he often lampooned the Bush administration. In 2014, he was again a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and also received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his cartoons related to social justice issues.


    Horsey’s Rude Awakenings (1981)
    Horsey’s Greatest Hits of the ’80s (1989)
    The Fall of Man (1994)
    One Man Show (1999)
    From Hanging Chad to Baghdad (2003)
    Draw Quick, Shoot Straight (2007)
    “Refuge of Scoundrels” (2013)

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