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Background about Nick Anderson

Nick Anderson is the winner of 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartoons and his cartoons are distributed to newspapers and websites around the world by the Washington Post Writers Group. He is also a co-founder of CounterPoint.

Nick is an avowed independent who covers politics and contemporary cultural issues in a way that connects with readers. His loose, idiosyncratic style carries with it an unconventional message that has broad appeal.

He explains "I approach my work with a healthy skepticism for the ideological extremists littering our political landscape." He adds "An editorial cartoonist, fundamentally, should be anti-establishment. No matter which party is running the government, it is the essence of satire to question authority."

Nick's sophisticated use of color contributes to the broad appeal of his work. In fact, Anderson has pioneered a method of coloring his cartoons. Using an advanced computer program, he creates digital paintings characterized by subtle textures and striking images. Because of his innovative use of the program, its manufacturer, Corel Corporation, has designated Anderson a "Painter Master."

Anderson began his career in January 1991 at the The Louisville Courier-Journal, a month after graduation from Ohio State. He moved to the Houston Chronicle in February, 2006 where he remained for several years. It is notable that Nick was the last editorial cartoonist employed by a newspaper in Texas.

Anderson grew up in Toledo, Ohio, in a family that he says was apolitical. At age 15, he started drawing cartoons for his high school newspaper and immediately knew his calling.

At Ohio State, Anderson majored in political science and was editorial cartoonist for the university newspaper, The Lantern. In 1989, he won the Charles M. Schulz Award for best college cartoonist in the United States, Canada and Mexico. He interned one summer with The Courier-Journal, which immediately recognized his talent. After graduation, the newspaper created a position for him as an associate editorial cartoonist and illustrator. He was promoted to chief editorial cartoonist in September 1995.

In addition to the Pulitzer, Nick's professional awards include first-place honors for editorial cartooning in the Best of Gannett Awards (1997), the Fischetti Award (1999).

Anderson's cartoons have been published in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune and other papers.

In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, cycling and roller-blading. In 1988 he cycled across the country from Oregon to Massachusetts.

He lives in Houston with his wife, Angel Drake-Anderson, and sons Colton and Travis.

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