Learn About the History of Political Cartoons

RANCHO MIRAGE — From Ben Franklin and William Randolph Hearst Through the Twentieth Century: the Coachella Valley Journalism Foundation presents the History of Political Cartoons and Newspaper Opinion Pages in America.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 at the Rancho Mirage Public Library, 71-100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage.

No tickets are required.  Admission is free.  Doors open at 1 p.m.

They’ve made us think, laugh, cringe, and left us exasperated!

Now award-winning editorial cartoonist Mike Thompson and Desert Sun Opinion and Engagement Editor Nicky Loomis trace the history of political cartoons and opinion pages in American newspapers and discuss the role they’ve played in national dialogue.

Thompson is the winner of the 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for cartooning; a two-time winner of the Society of Professional Journalists’ national award for cartooning; and winner of the Overseas Press Club Award, the National Press Foundation Award, the National Headliner Award, the Scripps Howard Award, and the national Women in Communications Clarion Award. He has been a finalist four times for the Pulitzer Prize.

Loomis has been The Desert Sun’s Opinion and Engagement Editor since 2022. She has worked as a reporter and columnist for the Pasadena Star News and Associated Press.

This event is sponsored by the Coachella Valley Journalism Foundation. For more information on the foundation, visit https://cvjf.org/.

Image Sources

  • Political cartoons: Shutterstock