Editorial Cartoonist Sargent to Speak at Texas Tech’s Buesseler Lectureship
February 18, 2009
Ben Sargent honored for years of wit with editorial cartoons.
Pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist Ben Sargent will present the Cathryn
Anne Hansen Buesseler Distinguished Lectureship in Print Media for the College of
Mass Communications at Texas Tech University
The event begins with a 6:30 p.m. reception followed by a 7 p.m. dinner Feb. 19 at
the International Cultural Center, located at 601 Indiana Ave.
"Editorial cartoons seem to be very popular during an election year," said Jerry Hudson,
dean of the College of Mass Communications. "They cover an issue with one picture
and only a few words. Sargent has a national reputation of being one of the best in
the nation. We are pleased that he could share some time with us and explain some
of the processes he goes through in creating an editorial cartoon."
A sixth-generation Texan, Sargent was born in 1948 into an Amarillo newspaper family.
He learned the printing trade from age 12 and started working for the local daily
as a proof runner at 14. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University
of Texas at Austin in 1970.
Sargent worked as a reporter for several years, mainly covering the state capitol,
for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Long News Service, the Austin American-Statesman
and United Press International. Not until August 1974 did his eventual career of drawing
editorial cartoons begin, with the American-Statesman. A decade later, his relationship
with Universal Press Syndicate began, which continues to distribute his work nationally.
The winner of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, and a Pulitzer finalist
in 2001 and 2002, Sargent is the recipient of various other awards, including Headliners'
Club of Texas special journalism award in1983; and Free Press Association's "Mencken
Award" in 1988; National Association of Hispanic Publications "José Marti Award" for
Spanish-language cartoons in 2008; and Texas Civil Rights Project "Molly Ivins Give
'Em Hell" award, also 2008.
The Cathryn Anne Hansen Buesseler Distinguished Lectureship in Print Media provides
students and faculty with the opportunity to meet nationally known print media professionals
and engage them in conversations relevant to current social, cultural and political
issues. Buesseler is a former professor from the College of Mass Communications.
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CONTACT: Jessica Robinson, office assistant, College of Mass Communications, 742-3385 ext. 221, or firstname.lastname@example.org.