Acclaimed Editorial Cartoonist Walt Handelsman Keynotes The News Conference Luncheon Dec. 5

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning Editorial Cartoonist Walt Handelsman of The New Orleans
Walt Handelsman keynotes at Fair Media Council's The News Conference, Dec. 5, 2017
Walt Handelsman
Advocate keynotes the luncheon at The News Conference: Real & Powerful, the premier conference in the country to bring the media and community together for a day of open dialogue and mutual understanding.

“Our audience will get a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and see how one of the best in the business offers his perspective on news and politics through an engaging, multimedia presentation,” said Jaci Clement, chief executive officer and executive director of the Fair Media Council. “It’s a privilege to host the incredibly talented Walt Handelsman and, along with the exemplary news and communications professionals turning out to take part in the event, The News Conference is on track to set a new standard in demystifying the news process for the public, while working to build trust and respect for real news and its role in America.”

Taking place on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the iconic Garden City Hotel on Long Island, N.Y., The News Conference features a breakfast program, 12 breakout sessions, networking breaks, exhibitors and a special intensive workshop to teach small nonprofits media relations and marketing skills. Participants support the work of the Fair Media Council, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

After the luncheon, Handelsman takes part in a breakout session discussing editorial cartoons and their impact, including recent controversies from around the world. Joining him in the discussion will be two more highly acclaimed editorial cartoonists: Matt Davies of Newsday and Jimmy Margulies of amNewYork.

Sponsorships and tickets are available now, with a portion of the price being tax deductible and benefiting the Fair Media Council, a 501c3 nonprofit organization advocating for quality news and creating a media savvy society.


As one of the most 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.”

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

In addition to appearing in The New Orleans Advocate, Handelsman’s work is nationally syndicated by Tribune Content Agency in Chicago to over 200 newspapers around the country and internationally.


A uniquely engaging public speaker, his fast-paced, high-energy presentations combine 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, he 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 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.


The Fair Media Council is a 501c3 nonprofit organization advocating for quality news and creating a media savvy society, based on Long Island, N.Y. Programming, such as The News Conference, is designed to take the public behind the scenes in news, to foster open dialogue with the media, leading to mutual understanding and respect. More about FMC is here.