Jim Morin

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Jim Morin (born January 30, 1953 in Washington, D.C.[1]) is the internationally syndicated editorial cartoonist at the Miami Herald since 1978 and a painter, usually working in the medium of oil, of more than 40 years. His cartoons have included extensive commentary on eight U.S. presidents: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

Morin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1996 and again in 2017. Morin is syndicated nationally and internationally by his own Morintoons Syndicate.[2] He was previously syndicated by CWS/The New York Times Syndicate and by King Features Syndicate. His cartoons and caricatures run in newspapers in states including New York, Alaska, Colorado, Ohio, Oregon, California, Michigan, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Texas, as well as in Canada and countries in Europe and Southwest Asia. His work has appeared in national magazines, various books and on Internet sites and magazines. Morin has been interviewed on CNN, WFOR, NPR, Sky News (the 24-hour European television news station), Comcast Newsmakers and several other television programs.


Morin was raised in the Boston suburb of Wayland.[citation needed] He began drawing at age seven. As an avid watcher of the television cartoons of the day , Morin began to develop his own cartoon characters, some of which were registered in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office by his father, attorney Charles H. Morin.

He attended the Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts and Suffield Academy in Connecticut, and studied painting and drawing at Syracuse University under Jerome Witkin. "He was the only teacher I had who saw cartoons as paintings, as art," Morin says. "Painting has made me more conscious.. . . My paintings affect my drawings and vice versa."[3] The Watergate scandal inspired Morin to explore the art of caricature. During his senior year at Syracuse, he was the editorial cartoonist for their daily student newspaper, The Daily Orange.

Following college, Morin served a brief stint as the editorial cartoonist at The Beaumont Enterprise before moving on to Richmond, Virginia, where he spent one year as the editorial cartoonist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. During his time in Richmond, Morin became a close professional acquaintance of Jeff MacNelly, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist at the Richmond News Leader. Upon MacNelly's passing in 2000, Morin accepted the invitation of colleague Dave Barry to contribute to A Quiet Genius: Remembering Jeff MacNelly.


Morin is the author of several books: Line of Fire: Political Cartoons by Jim Morin, Bushed, and Ambushed. (The latter two cartoon collections contained words by Walter C. Clements.)[4]

Morin's work has also been shown in compendiums of political cartoons and on the PBS documentary, The American Presidents.[5]

Morin's watercolor work is evident in his book, Jim Morin's Field Guide to Birds.[6]


His cartoons have been exhibited worldwide, most recently at the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum, where he spoke to a packed and standing audience. His retrospective exhibition of cartoons at the International Museum of Cartoon Art hung for nine months due to popular demand.

The Coral Springs Museum of Art exhibited a large body of his work in its two-month show, Jim Morin: Art of Politics Drawings & Paintings in 2008. His canvasses have been exhibited in Miami group shows at the Museum of Science, the Art Collector's Gallery, the Don Webb Gallery, the Virginia Miller Gallery and Patou Fine Art. He had a one-man show at the Futernick Gallery in Miami in 2006. On the web, his paintings can be viewed on his website and at that of Absolute Arts.[citation needed]


Morin won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1996 and in 2017. He shared the Pulitzer with the Miami Herald Editorial Board in 1983 and was a Pulitzer finalist in 1977 and 1990. In 2007, he won the prestigious Herblock Prize. Upon awarding the Herblock Prize to Morin, Harry Katz, the Herb Block Foundation curator, praised Morin for his "impressive, unrelenting barrage of cartoons and caricatures displaying artistry, courage and conviction."[7]

Internationally he has won the Thomas Nast Prize,[8] given every three years. Nationally, he has also been awarded the 2000 John Fischetti Award, the 1996 National Press Foundation Berryman Award, the 1992 National Cartoonist Society Editorial Cartoon Award, and the Overseas Press Club Awards in 1990 and 1979.


  1. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes Jim Morin Biography". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  2. ^ "JimMorin.com". www.jimmorin.com. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  3. ^ Bramson, Dara. "Crossover Cartoonist." Miami Monthly, February, 2007.
  4. ^ Jim., Morin, (1991). Line of fire : political cartoons. Florida International University Press. ISBN 9780813011011. OCLC 23286334.
  5. ^ Jim., Morin,. Jim Morin's world : 40 years of social commentary from a Pulitzer Prize winner cartoonist. ISBN 9781633535077. OCLC 974039733.
  6. ^ Jim., Morin, (1985). Jim Morin's Field guide to birds. Quill. ISBN 9780688042004. OCLC 12664514.
  7. ^ "JIM MORIN RECEIVES 2007 HERBLOCK PRIZE," Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine The Herb Block Foundation press release (February 19, 2007).
  8. ^ "The 2002 Thomas Nast Prize for editorial cartooning," The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists press release (February 18, 2002): "The Nast Prize was first awarded to Jeff MacNelly in 1978 and subsequently to Jim Borgman, Paul Szep, Draper Hill, Pat Oliphant, David Levine, and Jim Morin."

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