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With his singular style, Tom Toles tackles the complex issues of the day. This Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist skillfully targets political, economic and social concerns -- in particular complicated environmental issues -- with a clear-eyed precision that hits the mark every time.
Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Toles is the editorial cartoonist for The Washington Post. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Toles graduated in 1973 from the State University of New York at Buffalo and began his career as a staff artist and caricaturist for the Buffalo Courier-Express.
Cartooning, he says, chose him as a profession when an editor at the Courier-Express encouraged him to become the paper's full-time editorial cartoonist. He moved to The Buffalo News when the Courier-Express closed in 1982 and remained there until taking the position at The Washington Post in 2002.
Recently, he was chosen one of "The 50 Most Powerful People in D.C." by GQ Magazine. In addition to winning a Pulitzer for editorial cartooning, he has been awarded The Wilderness Society's Aldo Leopold Award for Distinguished Editorial Writing, Editorial Cartoonist of the Year by The Week, a New York City publication, the Overseas Press Club Thomas Nast Award, the National Headliner Award and was named by Editor & Publisher as the Editorial Cartoonist of the Year in 2002. He also has received the John Fischetti Award, the Free Press Association Mencken Award and a Global Media Award for his environmental cartoons. In addition to newspapers, his cartoons regularly appear in U.S. News and World Report and have appeared in The New Republic, Amicus Journal and other national magazines. His children's book "My School Is Worse Than Your School" was published by Viking.
His book collections include: "Duh and Other Observations," "My Elected Representatives Went to Washington" and "NOW, Who Do We Blame?"
Tom and his wife, Gretchen, have two children, Amanda and Seth.