Ben Sargent, who has the editorial cartoonist for the Austin American-Statesman for the last 35 years has opted to take what he described as a “pretty generous buyout.” His last day with the paper will by March 13th. His wife, who is the paper’s longtime TV critic, is also taking a buyout.
Ben says that management has expressed interest in buying cartoons on a contractual basis, but nothing has been finalized.
Ben is a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, taking the prize in 1982 and was a finalist in 2001 and 2002. His cartoons are currently syndicated through Universal Press.