«Class of 2006

Tom Meyer

editorial cartoonist, San Francisco Chronicle

Meyer was born in Fort Benning, Georgia, and grew up in the southeastern United States and in France. He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and earned a bachelor’s degree in English. After working as a congressional aide in Washington, D.C. for Congressman Charles H. Wilson for two years, he switched gears and became a political cartoonist in 1979, freelancing for publications including the Washington Post, the New Republic and Roll Call. Since 1981, he has worked as an editorial cartoonist at the San Francisco Chronicle, capturing in cartoon the important debates in California ranging from governor’s races to Indian gaming and gay marriage as well as national issues such as the Enron scandal, terrorism and the Iraq war. He has won a number of awards for his work, including the 2002 James Madison Freedom of Information Act Award from the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists, which honors those who have promoted and defended free speech and access to information.

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