Please join the Pen & Pencil for a virtual chat with longtime Inquirer and Daily News cartoonist Signe Wilkinson, moderated by veteran news reporter Dave Davies.
Wilkinson, the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, spent 35 years as a cartoonist for The Inquirer and Daily News. She retired at the end of 2020.
Her cartoons and signature penmanship have spanned three decades of Philadelphia stories, with a particular focus on the city’s gun violence epidemic, income inequality and school funding.
Wilkinson won the Pulitzer in 1992, a year in which her commentary included frequent cartoons on Anita Hill’s sexual harassment claims against newly appointed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Then Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter had a leading role in the congressional interrogations.
A native of Texas, Wilkinson recently told Billy Penn that cartooning was a natural fit.
“It combines my interests in art and politics,” Wilkinson said, “and my lack of interest in spelling.”
Davies, a longtime colleague of Wilkinson’s at the Daily News, is a guest host for WHYY’s Fresh Air and a senior political reporter at the station. He spent 19 years as a reporter and columnist at the Daily News covering politics and government.