The world according to Michael Ramirez

At the 2008 Pulitzer prizes for excellence in American journalism, announced on April 8, Michael Ramirez of Investor’s Business Daily won the prize for best editorial cartoons.

He was recognised ‘for his provocative cartoons that rely on originality, humor and detailed artistry’. This is his second Pulitzer, having earlier won the same award in 1994 for his work published in Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

This morning, I spent a couple of enjoyable hours browsing through the archive of his political cartoons for the past one year. He doesn’t conceal his right wing political loyalties, but despite this, I could appreciate the satire and originality of his cartoons.

As I’ve said before, when it comes to the economy of words, political cartoonists are the most efficient commentators in journalism.

Here are a few of his cartoons that touched on the state of media and publishing over the past few months:


Published: 25 February 2008


Published: 3 December 2007


Published: 14 November 2007


Published: 9 October 2007


Published: 21 September 2007

Michael Ramirez is a senior editor and the editorial cartoonist for Investor’s Business Daily’s editorial page, “Issues & Insights.”

Ramirez is a Lincoln Fellow and has won several awards during his career, including the 1994 Pulitzer Prize, the UCI Medal from the University of California, Irvine and the Sigma Delta Chi Awards in 1995 and 1997. He has been the editorial cartoonist of the Los Angeles Times, the Commercial Appeal and USA Today, and is nationally syndicated in over 450 newspapers around the world.

View Michael Ramirez cartoon archive