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CHICAGO TRIBUNE HIRES SCOTT STANTIS (updated)

The Chicago Tribune, which has not had a full-time editorial cartoonist since the death of Jeff MacNelly in 2000, has hired Scott Stantis as their editorial cartoonist. The Tribune’s hiring of Scott reflects the paper’s renewed commitment to return to its roots as a “crusading newspaper,” which it believes readers want and will lead to increased profitability.

Stantis is currently the staff editorial cartoonist for The Birmingham (AL) News and creator of the syndicated comic strip Prickly City. In a press release from the AAEC, Scott stated, “The Chicago Tribune is bullish about the future of newspapers, and so am I. The Tribune believes that editorial cartooning is an integral part of that future, and I am therefore thrilled and humbled to be given this opportunity.”

The Birmingham News has said that it intends to fill the vacancy left by Stantis.

UPDATE #1: From the Tribune’s announcement, it appears that Scott will “focus ‘on news and issues of special relevance to Chicago and Illinois and give a new dimension to our role as watchdog over the community’s interests,’ said Gerould Kern, Senior Vice President and Editor of the Tribune.”

UPDATE #2: Scott bids farewell to his readers in his blog. “It is with a heavy heart that I have to tell you all that I have accepted the job of Editorial Cartoonist at the Chicago Tribune. While this is a great opportunity it is tinged with sadness. Sadness at the thought of leaving Birmingham and Alabama, a place that has embraced me and my family and made us feel welcomed and valued.” Read the whole thing.

Community Comments

#1 Charles Brubaker
August/18/2009
@ 12:13 pm

Nice to hear some good news for once.

Best of luck to Scott.

#2 John Cole
August/18/2009
@ 12:26 pm

WHOA!

A monkey just flew out my derriere.

Congratulations to Scott for the new post and to the Trib for seeing the light.

#3 mike witmer
August/18/2009
@ 12:50 pm

That is some very refreshing news. Congrats, Scott.

#4 Lucas Turnbloom
August/18/2009
@ 12:54 pm

Indeed, it’s great to hear of an editorial cartoonist position being filled!

Nicely done, Scott.

#5 Ted Rall
August/18/2009
@ 1:05 pm

This is a great way to end what has been a challenging year as President of the AAEC. Scott is a great choice for the Tribune, and it’s awesome that he did a good enough job at the News that they will want to replace him!

#6 Mike Thompson
August/18/2009
@ 1:08 pm

Congrats to Scott! Great to hear some good news for a change!

#7 Pedro Molina.
August/18/2009
@ 1:21 pm

Finally, some much needed good news, congratulations Scott!

#8 Dan Bielinski
August/18/2009
@ 1:26 pm

Higgins and Stantis as our editorial cartoonists in Chicago. I’ll take it.

#9 Dave Stephens
August/18/2009
@ 1:46 pm

Wonderful news! Now, about my upside down mortgage…

#10 Wiley Miller
August/18/2009
@ 1:57 pm

I think it should be a law that a newspaper has to carry the same number of cartoonists on staff as they do sports columnists.

#11 J Read
August/18/2009
@ 2:07 pm

I know you’ve wanted the Chicago job for some time, Scott, and am very happy that the Tribune finally saw the light. I wish you and Janien the best, and hope the weather up there doesn’t ruin the adventure.

#12 Henry Clausner
August/18/2009
@ 3:24 pm

let’s hope it lasts…..good luck fella!

#13 Aaron Taylor
August/18/2009
@ 4:25 pm

It feels a bit like April Fool’s Day seeing a headline saying a paper actually hired an editorial cartoonist. Now let’s hope it’s more like Groundhog Day and we see similar headlines every day here on out…with “I Got You, Babe” playing on the clock radio.

Congratulations, Scott.

#14 Jeff Darcy
August/19/2009
@ 9:19 am

Congrats, Scott
Best news I’ve heard in years!!! Now I’d like to see the Enquirer lure Borgman out of retirement , like Farve.

#15 Stacy Curtis
August/19/2009
@ 9:20 am

Now if the Chicago Tribune can stay in business long enough for Scott to draw his first cartoon ….

#16 Henry Clausner
August/19/2009
@ 9:22 am

let us pray…

#17 Jeff Darcy
August/19/2009
@ 9:23 am

It would also be nice to see the LA Times follow the Tribs lead.

#18 Stacy Curtis
August/19/2009
@ 10:43 am

It would be nice if this caused the newspapers who laid off their editorial cartoonists to bring them back.

But not all newspapers got a $900 million gorilla off their chest like the Tribune Co. did with the Cubs.

#19 Pat Bagley
August/19/2009
@ 12:33 pm

Congrats, Scott!

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