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Ben Sargent

Ben Sargent was born into a newspaper family in Amarillo, Texas, in 1948. At age 12, he began to learn the printing trade, and by 14 he was working as a proof-runner for the local daily. He attended Amarillo College before receiving a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970.

For five years, Sargent worked as a news reporter and covered the State Capitol, The Austin American-Statesman and United Press International, among others. He began drawing editorial cartoons for The Austin American-Statesman in August of 1974, a position he still holds today.

Ben Sargent is the winner of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, the profession's highest honor. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer in 2001. Sargent is the recipient of numerous awards, including Cox Newspapers' "Best of Cox" award for editorial cartooning in 1996 and 1999 and various journalism and editorial cartoon awards from Women in Communications, Common Cause of Texas, Texas Women's Political Caucus, Headliners' Club of Texas and the Free Press Association.

Sargent is a member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and served as the group's president from 1988-1989. He is also the author of two books: Texas Statehouse Blues and Big Brother Blues.

He is married to Diane Holloway and has two children, Elizabeth and Sam.

Click HERE to watch Ben Sargent present a multi-media lecture in the Moody Library.

Click HERE to view an archive of Sargent's work on the Statesman's Web site.