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Sacramento Bee hires Jack Ohman as new editorial cartoonist
The Sacramento Bee has announced that it has hired former Oregonian editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman to fill the position left by the untimely death of Rex Babin who died in March of this year.
Jack tells me that the move was a “perfect storm of luck” between an employee buyout offer at the Oregonian and the Bee’s desire to bring him to their paper.
A native of Minnesota, Ohman becomes the fourth staff editorial cartoonist at The Bee since the newspaper hired Newton Pratt in 1939. Dennis Renault followed Pratt in 1971, and when Renault retired, he was replaced by our friend and great colleague Rex Babin. Babin, 49, passed away in March of this year after a 15-month struggle with cancer.
While there is no way we will ever forget Rex and his phenomenal work, I know he’d be proud that The Bee is continuing its cartooning tradition at a time when many newspapers are abandoning it.
Babin and Ohman were friends and friendly competitors, both active in the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. I can’t think of a better cartoonist to build on the legacy of Rex Babin.
Jack will start with the Bee on January 1 drawing five cartoons a week – two or three being locally oriented.
His last day with the Oregonian was last Friday.
I’ll post more news about this announcement as more details become available.