- Ben Sargent
Ben Sargent (born
December 26, 1948) is an American editorial cartoonist. Since 1974, he has been drawing editorial cartoonsfor the " Austin American-Statesman". His cartoonsare also distributed nationally by Universal Press Syndicate.
He was born in
Amarillo, Texas, into a newspaperfamily. He learned the printing trade from age twelve and started working for the local daily as a proof runner at fourteen. He attended Amarillo Collegeand received a Bachelor of Journalismdegree from the University of Texas at Austinin 1970.
Sargent won the
Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooningin 1982. He has also received awards from Women in Communications, Inc., Common Cause of Texas, and Cox Newspapers.
He is the author of "
Texas Statehouse Blues" (1980) and " Big Brother Blues" (1984).
Sargent is married to Diane Holloway, television critic for the "
Austin American-Statesman", and he has two children, Elizabeth and Sam.
In a profile published in the January 2005 issue of "The Good Life" magazine, Sargent stated, "As a newspaper journalist, you're professionally obligated to be fair, accurate, complete and balanced. But there are two pages in the back of the paper where we're obligated to be fair, accurate and complete—but we don't have to be 'balanced.' I'm not a pollster. To me, you're obligated as an opinion journalist to express your views no matter what the politics of the day. If you don't, then people will say, 'Why should I read what this guy's saying? He doesn't even know where he stands?' That makes your position as an opinion journalist kind of useless."
* [http://www.statesman.com/opinion/content/editorial/sargent Ben Sargent's "Austin American-Statesman" cartoon archives]
* [http://www.goodlifemag.com/archives/01-05/01-05_sargent.htm Profile in "The Good Life", January 2005]
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