Nation’s Only Black Fulltime Editorial Cartoonist Is Losing His Job

Ron Rogers, believed to be the only African American working full-time at a daily newspaper as an editorial cartoonist, is losing his job, reports E&P.

Rogers is drawing his last cartoon for the South Bend Tribune today.

“I really can’t say anything bad about this. The Tribune has done well by me over the years,” Rogers told E&P. “I’m really proud of the work I’ve done…I wanted to be the first black editorial cartoonist on the country since I was 14. I just hope my departure doesn’t discourage somebody else who might want to do this.”

Rogers grew up in Richmond, according to his Association of American Editorial Cartoonists profile and began freelancing for the South Bend Tribune in 2002. In 2005, he was asked to become a full-time staff member.

Here’s one of his final cartoons for the paper; this one was published Aug. 31.

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