The Scranton Times Tribune might be one of the smallest papers with a staff editorial cartoonist. The paper has printed a profile of their current cartoonist John Cole who has been there since 2005. The paper boasts of having a staff cartoonist since the early 1900s.
When asked about this “tradition,” Larry Beaupre said, “There is reason beyond tradition for continuing to have an editorial cartoonist. He provokes thought. Agree or disagree, he makes readers think. That’s the point of the editorial page. We offer our views. Readers offer their views. Syndicated columnists present their views. And John Cole gives us his view in a wildly creative, succinct way.”