Ann Telnaes

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Ann Telnaes
Born Ann Carolyn Telnaes
(1960-11-15) November 15, 1960 (age 55)
Stockholm, Sweden
Nationality Swedish/naturalized American
Area(s) Editorial cartoonist
Awards Pulitzer Prize, 2001

Ann Carolyn Telnaes (born November 15, 1960, in Stockholm, Sweden)[1] is an editorial cartoonist. A former animator, her cartoons are easily recognizable for their fluid lines and bright (often spot) colors. Her cartoons tend to be quite liberal in tone and have a special focus on women's issues, such as third world pregnancy and abortion rights. In 2001, she became the second female cartoonist to win the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.[2]

Unlike many editorial cartoonists, Telnaes does not draw for any one set newspaper. She is syndicated with Cartoonists and Writers Syndicate/New York Times Syndicate, with her work appearing across the United States in such publications as The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and the Austin American-Statesman; and internationally in Le Monde and Courrier International.[1] Telnaes also contributes an exclusive weekly cartoon to the nonprofit online news service Women's eNews.[1] Her animated editorial cartoons[3] are featured on The Washington Post's website.


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, most notably with Walt Disney Imagineering.[1] She contributed to such films as The Brave Little Toaster and The Chipmunk Adventure.

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

She is a past vice president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and is a member of the American Newswomen's Club.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Telnaes is married to David Lloyd and lives in Washington, D.C.[1]

Ted Cruz children controversy[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.[4] In her cartoon, Telnaes portrayed the daughters of the Hispanic senator as monkeys on leashes, with Cruz holding the leashes and grinding an organ.[5] 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."[6] 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."[7] Telnaes' "fair game" comment was also deleted.

In response to Hiatt, 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."[8][9]



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


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "PMC 2005 Contest". Population Media Center. 2004. Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  2. ^ "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. ^ "Background about Ann Telnaes," Cartoonist Group website. Accessed Dec. 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "Ted Cruz Fights Political Cartoon Featuring His Daughters" – via ABC News. 
  5. ^ "Cruz Fires Back at 'Classy' WaPo Cartoonist Who Depicted Candidate's Children". Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  6. ^ Jackson, Hallie; Austin, Henry (2015-12-23). "Ted Cruz: Cartoon of Daughters 'Has No Place in Politics'". NBC News. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  7. ^ J. D. Durkin. "Ted Cruz uses his kids as political props (updated with statement)". Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  8. ^ "Washington Post pulls cartoon depicting Ted Cruz's daughters as trained monkeys," Fox News website (Dec. 23, 2015).
  9. ^ "Twitter site for Ann Telnaes". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 

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