The New Orleans Advocate has announced that it has hired editorial cartoonist Walt Handelsman away from Newsday.
Here’s Walt talking about his decision to return to Louisiana, where he used to work for the Times-Picayune prior to moving to New York.
?A few years ago at a Tulane art fair, I purchased a brass skeleton key on a chain created by talented local artist and close family friend, Juliet Meeks,? Handelsman said. ?I?m not much of a jewelry-wearing guy, but I?ve worn that key under my shirt every single day as a personal reminder to someday unlock the door and get back home.?
?The fact that this opportunity has come along right now is very special to my entire family. The chance to once again live among old friends, work with Peter Kovacs and Dan Shea and reconnect with so many other talented, former colleagues now working for The Advocate is exciting.?
The Advocate is in Baton Rouge and I wonder if the paper would have been in a position to hire an editorial cartoonist had the dominate paper, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, dropped their print run to three-times a week and thereby laying off their editorial cartoonist Steve Kelley.
Regardless, congratulations to Walt.