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Nov. 10, 2006

Pulitzer-Winning Cartoonist And Alumnus Conrad Featured On PBS Program

On the next edition of its Independent Lens program, PBS will feature a documentary on Paul Conrad: celebrated political cartoonist, three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and University of Iowa alumnus. The program, "Paul Conrad: Drawing Fire," will air locally on Iowa Public Television at 11 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12.

This program examines the life and colorful career of Conrad, a Cedar Rapids native who began his cartooning career at the Daily Iowan while he was a UI student. He received a bachelor's degree in art in 1950 and worked at the Denver Post for 14 years before joining the Los Angeles Times. He has published six books of his work and, among other honors, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, 1971 and 1964.

Conrad has used his cartoons, syndicated four days a week, to attack hypocrisy in politics and to reveal the disparities that exist throughout the world. Because he has not been afraid to do so, editors have at times refused to publish his work. Among Conrad's favorite distinctions is his 1973 inclusion on former President Richard Nixon's enemies list.

In "Paul Conrad: Drawing Fire," fellow cartoonists including Tony Auth, Doug Marlette and Mike Keefe wax poetic about Conrad as role model and shed insight on his place in the pantheon, as do columnist Harold Meyerson, cartoon historian Stephen Hess and Huntington Museum Curator Sara S. Hodson. Former Los Angeles Times Publisher the late Otis Chandler, former Editor John Carroll, former National Editor Ed Guthman, columnist Patt Morrison and other Los Angeles Times staffers speak eloquently about the influence Conrad has had on them, the paper and the public. Augmented by archival news footage of the 11 presidents Conrad has lampooned, the film also serves as a political pop history of the past five decades.

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