Vox Populi: The O'Shaughnessy Files

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INTERVIEW WITH MATT DAVIES, 2004
PULITZER PRIZE–WINNING EDITORIAL
CARTOONIST, journal news

Matt Davies is the editorial cartoonist for the Journal
News, the powerful Gannett daily in the northern suburbs.
He won a coveted Pulitzer Prize for his perceptive eye and
deft, graceful pen. We interviewed him on April 12, 2004.

WILLIAM O’SHAUGHNESSY (W.O.): Lightning struck the Journal News this week when the Pulitzer Prize Committee awarded a Pulitzer to the editorial cartoonist, Matt Davies. It’s the first time in the long history of our hometown Journal News that we’ve ever received a Pulitzer. Matt Davies, when you got the news, how did you feel?

MATT DAVIES (M.D.): It was a big surprise, Bill. I knew I was a finalist, and the other finalists were Garry Trudeau and a fellow named Steve Sachs, a cartoonist for the Minneapolis Star-Trib- une—and they’re both very good cartoonists. Of course, Garry Trudeau is sort of the Nike of cartooning. I just assumed I wasn’t going to win. And then when I found out, I was completely blown away because I prepared myself so well not to win.

W.O.: Doesn’t Trudeau have a famous, beautiful wife?

M.D.: Jane Pauley is his wife; that’s right, she’s a broadcasting star.

W.O.: Well, it didn’t help him. Did he call you to congratulate you, Matt Davies?

M.D.: Not yet.

W.O.: Pulitzer Prize–winner Matt Davies, I’ve been trying to get through to you for three days. How many calls have you had?

M.D.: I’ve had hundreds of calls and over a thousand e-mails so far.

I think about 98 percent of them have been positive with only a couple of people saying not-so-nice things. But that’s OK.

W.O.: Why would they say not-nice things?

M.D.: I think the best one I got was: “Congratulations on receiving the Liberal Arts Crapola Award!” (laughter)

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