SaintPetersBlog is pleased to welcome the multiple award-winning Bill Day as our first syndicated political cartoonist.
Day appears internationally in more than 800 newspapers through CagleCartoons.com, one of the most extensive databases of political columns and editorial cartoons.
A two-time recipient of the RFK Journalism Award in Cartooning (1985 and 2010), Day is also a six-time winner of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Award.
Among Day’s other honors and recognitions is the National Headliner Award, the John Fischetti Award, First Amendment Award, New York Newspaper Guild’s Page One Award, National Cartoonists Society’s Division Award for Best Editorial Cartoons, the 2010 National Press Foundation’s ‘Award of Merit’ and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.
In addition to winning widespread acclaim and industry awards, Day has never been afraid to court controversy in his work, particularly over issues of social justice, defense of the oppressed and the fight for social justice, which are recurrent themes in Day’s body of work.
“I have great fun drawing and using humor in my cartoons,” he says. “But when a terrible injustice occurs, I’ll use the most powerful images possible to address it.”
His career as a political cartoonist began while Day was studying both political science and art at the University of Florida. After leaving UF, he served as an illustrator in art departments of a number of newspapers, all while sketching political cartoons part-time.
The Philadelphia Bulletin hired him in 1980 as a full-time political cartoonist. After the Bulletin folded in 1982, Day moved to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, followed by the Detroit Free Press, where he worked for thirteen years.
In 1998, he went back to Commercial Appeal, where he stayed through 2009, when he was laid off. That change proved fortuitous, since Day won three national newspaper awards the following year.
Currently based in Tennessee, Day lives in Memphis with his wife Susan and sons Sam, Robby and Zack. He can be reached at BillDayArt@gmail.com.
Here is Day’s first contribution, which we will be figuring out how to structurally feature on SPB.