Jack Ohman became the youngest cartoonist ever to be nationally syndicated when he joined the Tribune Media Services roster while still in college. Today, Ohman is one of the most widely syndicated political cartoonists in the U.S. He is the editorial cartoonist for The Oregonian, a job he has held since 1983.
His work appears regularly in The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times and scores of other major newspapers. His work has also been known to appear in such magazines as Newsweek and National Review. Ohman contributed drawings to “ABC News Nightline” from 1984 to 1986. People magazine has called Ohman's cartoons "uncompromising, the most wicked and the most pointedly funny” on today’s op-ed pages.
In 2002, Ohman received the National Headliners Award for editorial cartooning from the Press Club of Atlantic City. In 1996, he received the Overseas Press Club Award. Ohman has also won the national Mark of Excellence Award and Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He also received the Exceptional Merit Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus.
Ohman entered the political fray early as an aide to a Minnesota congressional candidate and as a bus driver for Walter Mondale’s and Jimmy Carter’s motorcades in the Twin Cities. He began his career as an editorial cartoonist at the Minnesota Daily (University of Minnesota). Before he joined The Oregonian, Ohman was the cartoonist for The Columbus Dispatch and Detroit Free Press.
Ohman is also the creator of the syndicated comic strip Mixed Media, currently drawn and written by Scott Willis. Ohman is an accomplished author of eight books: Back To The ‘80s, Drawing Conclusions, Fear of Fly Fishing, Fishing Bass-Ackwards, Why Johnny Can’t Putt (all published by Simon and Schuster), Do I Have To Draw You A Picture? (Pelican), Get The Net! (Willow Creek Press) and Media Mania (MacMillan).
Ohman has a B.A. in history from Portland State University Honors Program. He lives in Portland with his wife Janice Dunham Ohman, a public relations executive, and their three children.