A year after being let go by the USA Today/Gannett chain of newspapers, editorial cartoonist Mike Thompson has joined the staff of the independent Minneapolis Star Tribune.
From The Star Tribune:
After a national search, the Star Tribune Opinion team is excited to announce the addition of Minnesota native and four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Mike Thompson as staff editorial cartoonist.
Thompson, who expects to join us in mid-April…
Thompson will focus on state and local topics but also offer cartoons on national issues. His cartoons will appear up to five days a week in print, and online readers will find occasional animated opinion pieces and special projects.
And some sports cartoons?
© Mike Thompson
I’m happy to announce that I will be joining my hometown newspaper, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, as the staff editorial cartoonist. To say that I’m excited and honored would be an understatement. For those of you outside the newspaper industry, the Star Tribune is an outlier—it hasn’t slashed staff and remains committed to quality journalism. As a result, it’s one of the most successful metro dailies in the country. I’ll be producing editorial cartoons, animation, illustrations, and illustrated reporting pieces. I’m truly honored and will start in the middle of next month.
Mike fills the opening made at the paper when Steve Sack retired last year.
Mike will continue to produce his Grand Avenue comic strip.
Congratulations to Mike!
And to The Star Tribune for continuing a great newspaper tradition.
hat tip to Paul Berge for the heads up.