Joel Pett

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Joel Pett
BornJoel W. Pett
(1953-09-01) September 1, 1953 (age 65)
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Notable works
Editorial cartoons

Joel W. Pett (born September 1, 1953) is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. His cartoons are syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Pett was born in Bloomington, Indiana. He moved to Ibadan, Nigeria with his family in 1959 before returning to America in 1964.

After college at Indiana University, he began doing freelance cartooning jobs for over nine years. In April 1984, he joined the Lexington Herald-Leader as their staff cartoonist.

Pett's cartoons have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines nationwide, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. He is a weekly contributor to USA Today, writes a regular feature on cartoons for the Los Angeles Times, and does a monthly cartoon for the educational journal Phi Delta Kappan.

Mr. Pett also received the 1999 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for cartoons highlighting the plight of the disadvantaged, and the 1995 Global Media Award for cartoons on population issues. He is a past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, and a past Pulitzer juror. He has conducted three overseas seminars on editorial cartooning as a guest speaker of the U.S. State Department.


Pett was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1989 and 1998 before winning in 2000. Pett is also the winner of the 1999 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for cartooning, and a 1995 winner of the Global Media Award for cartoons on population issues.


  1. ^ "Joel Pett editorial cartoons". Tribune Content Agency.

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