|Born||May 7, 1942
William Anthony Auth Jr. (born May 7, 1942), better known as Tony Auth, is best known for serving as an editorial cartoonist for The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1971 to 2012. His other work includes the comic strip Full Disclosure, which he worked on in 1982 and 1983, and Norb, which he worked on in 1989. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1976 and the Herblock Prize in 2005.
Auth attended UCLA where he earned his bachelor's degree in biological illustration in 1965. At UCLA he also worked on the Daily Bruin, the school newspaper. Auth was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2012 by the University of the Arts.
At age five Auth was bedridden for eight months. During this time, Auth began drawing. He was particularly interested and inspired by comic strips, children's books, and radio dramas. At age nine, Tony and his family moved to Los Angeles, California.
After Auth graduated he became a medical illustrator at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, a large teaching hospital associated with the University of Southern California. During his time as a medical illustrator, Auth began drawing political cartoons. Auth started out doing one political cartoon a week for a weekly alternative newspaper. He eventually worked his way up to drawing three political cartoons a week for the UCLA Daily Bruin. In 1971, Auth was hired on as staff editorial cartoonist by The Philadelphia Inquirer. He worked for this same company for 41 years. Auth is currently the first Digital Artist in Residence at WHYY's NewsWorks.org.q.
Auth has won many awards over his career which include:
- five Overseas Press Club Awards
- Sigma Delta Chi Award for distinguished service in journalism
- Thomas Nast Prize
- Herblock Prize
- Pulitzer Prize
Auth has published two collections of his political cartoons, and has also illustrated eleven children’s books.
Auth is married to his wife Eliza Drake Auth, who is a realist landscape and portrait painter. Together they have two grown children. They currently live in Wynnewood, Pa.
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