Walt Handelsman Official Bio


Walt Handelsman is the two-time, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The New Orleans Advocate. His work is nationally syndicated by Tribune Content Agency in Chicago to over 200 newspapers around the country and internationally.

One of the mostly widely reprinted cartoonists in America, Handelsman’s work has been seen in Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune. He has been a featured guest on CNN, The NewsHour and ABC’s “Nightline.”

Mr. Handelsman has won every major journalism award for cartooning excellence including: The 1989 and 1993 National Headliner Award, The 1992 and 2015 Society of Professional Journalists Award, The 1996 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, The 2003 Scripps Howard National Journalism award, The 2007 Online Journalism Award and in 1997 and 2007, The Pulitzer Prize.

In 2006, Walt taught himself Flash animation and in 2007 he became the first person to win the Pulitzer Prize for animation.

A uniquely engaging public speaker, Walt has entertained groups across the country with his fast-paced, high-energy presentations.
Combining examples of his still cartoons along with his animations, on-the-spot drawing and voice and sound impressions.

Before joining The New Orleans Advocate in 2013, Walt worked for Newsday in New York (2001-2013), The Times-Picayune in New Orleans (1989-2001), The Scranton Times (1985-1989) and a chain of 13 Suburban Baltimore weeklies (1982-1985). He holds a general studies degree in advertising from the University of Cincinnati and worked in layout, design and sales for a Baltimore advertising agency before becoming a cartoonist.

Walt is the author of seven collections of his editorial cartoons as well as a children’s book published in 1995. He and his family live in New Orleans.