Forum: Uncommon Ground: Drawing the Purple between Red and Blue
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 11:45am-1:15pm
Jack Ohman
Uncommon Ground: Drawing the Purple between Red and Blue


Jack Ohman, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Sacramento Bee


There’s little gray in the black-and-white world of political cartoonists. Bold and provocative, editorial cartoons engender in readers the deepest pleasure and the most passionate anger.


Where do ideas come from? What’s it like to be a political cartoonist in an age where reality sometimes seems to play as satire? And does that make the job easier or harder?


Jack Ohman will be in Boise to answer those questions. He’ll discuss his life as a political cartoonist in polarized times, how he became a cartoonist, and how he views the world (and Oregon and Idaho). He may even talk about his 25 years of fly fishing the Panhandle for cutthroats, which is more fun than drawing Potomac cutthroats.


Ohman appears in Boise with the assistance of the Idaho Humanities Council. Speaker Biography:


Jack Ohman, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Sacramento Bee


The Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and associate editor for the Sacramento Bee has been a syndicated cartoonist since age 19. His cartoons are seen on editorial pages across the country, including in the Idaho Statesman. Before moving to Sacramento, Ohman was the cartoonist for the Oregonian. The St. Paul, Minnesota, native also has worked at the Columbus Dispatch and the Detroit Free Press. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer in 2012 and the winner in 2016.


Ohman graduated from Portland State University, and is the author of eleven books, four on the subject of fly fishing, including Fear of Fly Fishing, An Inconvenient Trout, Fly Fishing Bass-Ackwards, and Angler Management. He has fished rivers and trout streams throughout Idaho and the Pacific Northwest.


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