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Release: March 24, 1999

Editorial cartoonist Joel Pett to speak at UI journalism awards banquet

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Joel Pett, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist in editorial cartooning (1989/1998) and editorial cartoonist for the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, will speak at the University of Iowa at 8 p.m. Friday, March 26 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Pett will give a keynote speech, titled "What's So Funny? A Cartoonist's Perspective," at the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication's annual Fourth Estate Awards Banquet.

Pett has been the editorial cartoonist at the Lexington Herald-Leader since 1994. His cartoons have appeared in hundreds of papers and magazines nationwide, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Daily News, Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, Newsweek, Business Week, MS. and Discover. His cartoons are available in four paperback collections, the latest being "Just Don't Inhale."

Pett was the 1995 winner of the Global Media Award for cartoons on population issues. He is President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. For more information on Pett's visit and presentation, contact Jill Fishbaugh at the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication, (319) 335-3390.

Following Pett's talk, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication will distribute $110,000 in scholarships and awards to undergraduate and graduate students in recognition of their outstanding professional and academic accomplishments.

Tickets for the banquet and Pett's speech are available to the public at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, W615 Seashore Hall. A social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the awards program at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for students and $15 for non-students. For more information, call (319) 335-3486.