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Washington Examiner Bids Farewell to Editorial Cartoonist

The Washington Examiner is losing its editorial cartoonist Nate Beeler, who is leaving Washington to go to work for his hometown newspaper, The Columbus Dispatch.

The reason he gave for leaving was to be with his mother and father who live in Columbus.

An excerpt from the notably gracious internal memo by Editor Stephen Smith:

“Only 31, Nate is a fine draftsman, a natural wit, and a first-rate journalist. And while each of his cartoons has a distinct point of view, he is no ideologue. We may have endorsed Romney for the Republican nomination, but Nate subsequently drew him as Frankenstein, proving emphatically that he is no slave to editorial policy.”

See the full memo…

Mark Tapscott and I regret to announce that Nate Beeler, our wonderfully talented editorial cartoonist, will be leaving us in two weeks to join his hometown newspaper, The Columbus Dispatch. We take some small solace in knowing that Nate is leaving for the best of all possible reasons – to be with his extended family. His mother Pam and father Jack live in Columbus, and his wife Eve grew up in Illinois. Their son Max turns four next month, and Nate and Eve plan to imbue him with their good Midwestern values.

Nate joined the Journal Newspapers in 2003, a year after his graduation from American University, and stayed with the paper when it became The Washington Examiner in 2005. He has been turning out five cartoons a week, and we gave him prime real estate – half of page 2 – so readers would be sure to enjoy his work as much as we did. We’ve also featured his cartoons on our website and mobile app, and sent them to thousands of email subscribers.

Only 31, Nate is a fine draftsman, a natural wit, and a first-rate journalist. And while each of his cartoons has a distinct point of view, he is no ideologue. We may have endorsed Romney for the Republican nomination, but Nate subsequently drew him as Frankenstein, proving emphatically that he is no slave to editorial policy.

Nate won the 2009 Thomas Nast Award from the Overseas Press Club and the 2008 Berryman Award from the National Press Foundation, and is a sure bet to win a passel of Pulitzers. His cartoons have been picked up regularly by USA Today, and also have appeared in Time and Newsweek, The New York Times, Los Angles Times, and The Guardian, among other news outlets.

Finally, Nate has been a terrific colleague. We will miss him greatly. The Dispatch is luckier than it knows.

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