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Crosscurrents

Meet the 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist

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"Jack Ohman" by Flickr user theNerdPatrol. Used under CC BY 2.0 / cropped and resized.
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When events like last weekend's mass shooting made the headlines, it can be hard to make sense of such a tragedy. And often times, we'll look outside of ourselves to get the perspective we need.

Jack Ohman helps frame times like these in his artwork: he's the editorial cartoonist for the Sacramento Bee, and this year's winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.

He's covered everything from the California drought, to gun control, to hostages crises. KALW’s Angela Johnston spoke with Ohman about his craft, and how he uses his cartoons to frame current events — in just a single frame.

 

JACK OHMAN: "Good cartoonists can kind of have those tragedies happen and interpret them in such a way that is enlightening and tasteful simultaneously. It's a lot easier to do the Donald Trump as buffoon cartoon than it is to do the kid walking into a church in Charleston and shooting eight people cartoon."

To hear the full story, click the audio player above.

See more of Jack Ohman's work here. And look through his Pulitzer Prize winning portfolio here.