We got some very sad news yesterday. Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth died at the age of 72. He had metastatic brain cancer. He worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 41 years and was nationally syndicated. He also illustrated children’s books. For the last two years, he was our colleague here at WHYY, where he was our first Digital Artist-in-Residence, contributing cartoons, illustrations and animated videos for our Newsworks website. His position at WHYY worked out well for Fresh Air. Tony illustrated a talk that Terry gave with animations that accompanied the interview excerpts she played. Terry says, “It was a privilege to work with him and see a bit of his creative process.”
Today we played an excerpt of an interview we did with Tony back in 1988, after the publication of his collection of editorial cartoons called Lost in Space: The Reagan Years. He told us that in looking back on the Reagan era, he believed that Reagan’s attack on domestic social programs marked a turning point for many political cartoonists.
See a slideshow of some of Auth’s work here.