By Haley Frederick
Pittsburgh Current Managing Editor
It was announced today that Pittsburgh’s premier political cartoonist Rob Rogers is a 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Editorial Cartooning.
The Pulitzer committee gave Rogers the honor for his “provocative illustrations that channeled cultural and historical references with expert artistry and an eye for hypocrisy and injustice.”
The former Post-Gazette cartoonist was fired in June 2018 after the paper rejected several of his cartoons that criticized President Trump. This ended his 25 year tenure at the Post-Gazette. His cartoons have appeared in the Pittsburgh Current since June 2018.
“I am honored to be recognized for my work from 2018,” Rogers says. “It was a difficult year, to say the least, but the overwhelming support from colleagues and readers, especially those in Pittsburgh, buoyed me and encouraged me to press forward.
“I am happy to be recognized along with fellow cartoonists and journalists who are dedicated to maintaining a free press, especially when it’s under constant attack from the White House.”
Syndicated by Andrews McMeel, Rogers’ cartoons have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Time, Newsweek and more. He’s won many awards during his career, including a 1995 National Headliner Award, the 2000 and 2013 Thomas Nast Award from the Overseas Press Club and in 1999, Rogers was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize once more.
“The Current congratulates Rogers on this prestigious recognition for his outstanding work,” said Pittsburgh Current Editor/Publisher Charlie Deitch. “We are proud to print his cartoons, uncensored for all to see.”