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In These Splintered Times, An Editorial Cartoonist's Job Can Be Harder

Steve Benson
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Steve Benson

Editorial cartoonists typically take aim at the most important issues we’re facing, whether it’s political division or human tragedy or natural disasters.

They’re trying to make us laugh — and think — at the same time. But in these more splintered times, the cartoonist’s job can be harder because it seems like people are less likely to laugh, especially if the point of view disagrees with their own.

Steve Benson, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com, has a front-row seat to those changing dynamics.

We spoke with Benson.

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Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.