Ann Telnaes

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Ann Telnaes
BornAnn Carolyn Telnaes
Stockholm, Sweden
NationalityNorwegian/naturalized American
Area(s)Editorial cartoonist
AwardsPulitzer Prize, 2001

Ann Carolyn Telnaes (born in Stockholm, Sweden)[1] is an editorial cartoonist. In 2001, she became the second female cartoonist to win the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.[2] In 2017, she received the Reuben Award, and thus became the first woman to have received both the Reuben Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.[3][2]

Ann Telnaes creates editorial cartoons in various media—animation, visual essays, live sketches, and traditional print- for the Washington Post. She also contributes to The Nib.


Telnaes earned her B.F.A. at the California Institute of the Arts, specializing in character animation.[1]

Before becoming an editorial cartoonist, she worked for some years in the animation field and also as a show designer for Walt Disney Imagineering.[1] She contributed to such films as The Brave Little Toaster and The Chipmunk Adventure.

Telnaes had a solo exhibition at the Great Hall in the Thomas Jefferson Building in 2004.[1]

She is the current president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists

In 2020 her work was included in the exhibit Women in Comics: Looking Forward, Looking Back at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Ann Telnaes graduated from Reno High School, Reno, Nevada in 1979.[5] Telnaes lives in Washington, D.C.[1]

Ted Cruz cartoon[edit]

In December 2015, Telnaes created an animated political cartoon that responded to an ad for the presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, in which his 5- and 7-year old daughters appeared. The older daughter spoke in the ad, reading a line from a book called "The Grinch Who Lost Her Emails" in which she referenced the Grinch's use of a private email server — an obvious reference to the Hillary Clinton email controversy.[6] In her cartoon, Telnaes portrayed the daughters of the senator as monkeys on leashes, with Cruz holding the leashes and grinding an organ.[7] In response to complaints, Telnaes then posted a comment that the Cruz children were "fair game" for her cartoon because "Ted Cruz uses his children as political props."[8] Washington Post editor Fred Hiatt eventually retracted and deleted the cartoon and replaced it with the statement that "It's generally been the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it. I failed to look at this cartoon before it was published. I understand why Ann thought an exception to the policy was warranted in this case, but I do not agree."[9] Telnaes' "fair game" comment was also deleted.

Telnaes tweeted "Ted Cruz has put his children in a political ad — don't start screaming when editorial cartoonists draw them as well," and retweeted a link to an article titled, "Organ Grinders and Their Monkeys Once Entertained on DC Sidewalks."[10][11]



  • Humor's Edge (Pomegranate Press/Library of Congress, 2004)
  • Dick: An Editorial Cartoon Collection (Ann Telnaes, 2006) ISBN 978-0977328413
  • Trump's ABC (Fantagraphics, 2018)


  1. ^ a b c d e f "PMC 2005 Contest". Population Media Center. 2004. Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-06-21.
  2. ^ a b "Pulitzer-prize winning cartoons (Humor's Edge: Cartoons by Ann Telnaes, Library of Congress)". Library of Congress. 2004-06-22. Archived from the original on 28 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-21.
  3. ^ "Ann Telnaes is First Woman to Win Reuben Award and Pulitzer Prize". 2017-05-27. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
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  5. ^ 1979 RE-WA-NE, RHS Yearbook
  6. ^ "Ted Cruz Fights Political Cartoon Featuring His Daughters" – via ABC News.
  7. ^ "Cruz Fires Back at 'Classy' WaPo Cartoonist Who Depicted Candidate's Children". Retrieved 2015-12-22.
  8. ^ Jackson, Hallie; Austin, Henry (2015-12-23). "Ted Cruz: Cartoon of Daughters 'Has No Place in Politics'". NBC News. Retrieved 2015-12-23.
  9. ^ J. D. Durkin. "Ted Cruz uses his kids as political props (updated with statement)". Retrieved 2015-12-22.
  10. ^ "Washington Post pulls cartoon depicting Ted Cruz's daughters as trained monkeys," Fox News website (Dec. 23, 2015).
  11. ^ "Twitter site for Ann Telnaes". Retrieved 2015-12-24.

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