UPDATE 06/14 – Rogers confirms his dismissal via Twitter.
Sad to report this update: Today, after 25 years as the editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, I was fired.
— Rob Rogers (@Rob_Rogers) June 14, 2018
Rob Rogers, political cartoonist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has been dropped from the paper’s opinion pages.
— Rob Rogers (@Rob_Rogers) June 1, 2018
Roger’s June 1st cartoon is an example of work that did not appear in the paper that employs him. Our friends at the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) have made a statement concerning his apparent disappearance.
Local news radio 90.5 WESA has more, reporting that last week five of Rogers’ cartoons were not punished and that this is due to intervention by editorial director Keith Burris, seemingly a supporter of President Donald Trump.
Rogers’ work continues to appear unabated via his website and social media. He is a recipient twice over of the Overseas Press Club’s Thomas Nast Award, the National Headliner Award, numerous Golden Quills, the National Press Foundation’s Berryman Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He’s also committed to freedom of expression and preservation of the cartoon art form, serving as president of the AAEC in the past and currently at the Toonseum as well as making a generous donation to CRNI, enabling us to assist a refugee cartoonist in the Middle East.
It is disturbing to see a high-profile advocate for and proponent of cartooning being censored in such a blatant manner. We trust the readers of the Post-Gazette will make their feelings known in due course.