Ann Telnaes

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Ann Telnaes
Cartoonist Ann Telnaes at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. (29648253448).jpg
BornAnn Carolyn Telnaes
Stockholm, Sweden
NationalitySwedish/naturalized American
Area(s)Editorial cartoonist
AwardsPulitzer Prize, 2001

Ann Carolyn Telnaes (born in Stockholm, Sweden)[1] is an American editorial cartoonist. She creates editorial cartoons in various media—animation, visual essays, live sketches, and traditional print—for the Washington Post. She also contributes to The Nib.

In 2001, Telnaes became the second female cartoonist and one of the few freelancers 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]


Telnaes earned her B.F.A. at the California Institute of the Arts in 1985, specializing in character animation.[1] In 2020 she taught the course "Commentary Though Cartoons" as a visiting faculty member at CalArts.[4]

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]

In 2015 a Telnaes cartoon was removed by the Washington Post from the newspaper's website. The cartoon had depicted Ted Cruz as an organ grinder with two monkeys. Telnaes defended her cartoon by tweeting, "Ted Cruz has put his children in a political ad—don't start screaming when editorial cartoonists draw them as well."[5]

In 2016–2017 Telnaes was president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.[6][7]

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.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Ann Telnaes graduated from Reno High School, Reno, Nevada in 1979.[9] Telnaes lives in Washington, D.C.[1]




  • 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.
  4. ^ "Visiting Faculty Ann Telnaes Discusses the Future of Editorial Cartooning". 24700: News From California Institute of the Arts.
  5. ^ Victor, Daniel (23 December 2015). "Ted Cruz Cartoon Is Pulled by Washington Post". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "About the AAEC". Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Archived from the original on 4 August 2017.
  7. ^ Telnaes, Ann (4 January 2018). "And now, a message from President Ann Telnaes". Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.
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  9. ^ 1979 RE-WA-NE, RHS Yearbook

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