Jack Ohman

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Jack Ohman
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Born (1960-09-01) September 1, 1960 (age 61)
EducationPortland State University
OccupationEditorial cartoonist
EmployerThe Sacramento Bee,
The Oregonian
Spouse(s)Janice Dunham (divorced)[2]
AwardsPulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning (2016)

Jack Ohman (born September 1, 1960)[3][4] is an American editorial cartoonist and educator. He works for The Sacramento Bee, and previously worked for The Oregonian.[5] His work is syndicated nationwide to over 300 newspapers by Tribune Media Services.[3] In 2016, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Jack Ohman was born on September 1, 1960 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.[2] Ohman worked as a political aide for the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) during his high school years in Minnesota.[2] At age 17, Ohman worked at the Minnesota Daily, the student newspaper of the University of Minnesota. At age 19, Ohman was the youngest cartoonist ever to be nationally syndicated.[4] His first daily newspaper job was at The Columbus Dispatch, where he was hired in 1981.

Ohman has a B.A. degree (1999) from Portland State University.[2] After graduation he worked as an adjunct associate professor of political science at the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University.[2]


He worked at the Detroit Free Press starting in 1982; followed by work at The Oregonian in 1983. On October 29, 2012, it was announced that Ohman was stepping down as The Oregonian's editorial cartoonist;[7] and was subsequently hired by The Sacramento Bee, in Sacramento, California following the death of Rex Babin.[5][8]

Ohman was a regular art contributor to ABC News Nightline television show from 1984 until 1986.[4] He was a regular contributor to Foreign Policy and Money magazines.[when?] Ohman is also the creator of the syndicated comic strip Mixed Media, which he drew from 1994 to 1999[3] and which appeared in over 170 newspapers.

In 1986, through sales of copies of his cartoons about the space shuttle Challenger accident, Ohman raised over $30,000 for the families of the astronauts. It was the fifth largest private donation in the United States. In 2001, he raised over $30,000 for the United Way September 11 Fund.

His work regularly appears in most major U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Seattle Times. Ohman is also a noted fly fishing humorist, and has published four books on the subject, including the best-selling Fear of Fly Fishing, Get The Net, An Inconvenient Trout, and Angler Management, a book of essays. He has published 10 books overall.


Ohman has won the 1980 Sigma Delta Chi Mark of Excellence Award, the 1995 Thomas Nast Award from the Overseas Press Club, the 2001 Harrison E. Salisbury Award from the University of Minnesota, the 2002 National Headliner Award, the 2009 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award (Cartoon category),[9] the 2010 Society of Professional Journalists Award, and the 2012 Scripps Howard Journalism Award. Ohman was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, where the judges cited his entry for his "clever daily cartoons and a distinctive Sunday panel on local issues in which his reporting was as important as his artistic execution."[10] He was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning for "cartoons that convey wry, rueful perspectives through sophisticated style that combines bold line work with subtle colors and textures."[11]

In 2006, Ohman was voted one of the top five cartoonists in the United States by the readers of The Week magazine.[citation needed].


  • Back to the ’80s (1986)
  • Drawing Conclusions (1987)
  • Fear of Fly Fishing (1988)
  • Fishing Bass-Ackwards (1991)
  • Why Johnny Can't Putt... (1993)
  • Media Mania (1995)
  • Do I Have To Draw You a Picture? (1997)
  • Get the Net! (1998)
  • An Inconvenient Trout (2008)
  • Angler Management (2009)
  • Illustrator, Blowing Smoke: The Wild and Whimsical World of Cigars (1997), Brian McConnachie, author


  1. ^ "About Jack Ohman". The Oregonian. July 4, 2008. Archived from the original on July 19, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Jack Ohman (1960-)". Oregon Encyclopedia. Oregon Historical Society, Portland State University. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  3. ^ a b c Sherman, Ben (September 4, 2008). "About Jack Ohman". The Oregonian/OregonLive.com. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Editorial and Political Cartoons, Comic Strips: Featured Cartoon/Meet Jack Ohman". Slate Magazine. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Leavenworth, Stuart (October 31, 2012). "Jack Ohman to be Sacramento Bee's new editorial cartoonist". The Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  6. ^ Mesh, Aaron (April 20, 2016) [online date April 19]. "Former Oregonian Cartoonist Jack Ohman Wins Pulitzer Prize". Willamette Week. p. 6. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  7. ^ "Cartoonist Jack Ohman Leaves The Oregonian". The Oregonian. October 29, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  8. ^ WW Editorial Staff (November 7, 2012). "Murmurs: CRC Budget Irregularities and First Responder Bragdon". Willamette Week. p. 8. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  9. ^ "41st Annual Awards (2009)". Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Archived from the original on May 2, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010.
  10. ^ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Editorial Cartooning". Columbia University. 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  11. ^ "The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Editorial Cartooning". Columbia University. 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2016.

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