David Horsey is a two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning. Syndicated by Tribune Content Agency, David’s work has appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, Politico and MSNBC.com. After a long career at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Horsey became a political commentator for the Los Angeles Times. He is now a contributing cartoonist for the Seattle Times.
After graduating from the University of Washington, Horsey began his journalism career as a political reporter for the Daily Journal-American in Bellevue, Washington. In 1979, he went to work as a political cartoonist for the Post-Intelligencer and Hearst Newspapers. He moved to the LA Times in 2012 and then to the Seattle Times in 2018. His career in Seattle and Los Angeles has taken him to national political party conventions, presidential primaries and debates, the Olympic Games, the Super Bowl, assignments in Europe, Japan and Mexico, and two extended stints working at the Hearst Newspapers Washington Bureau.
Besides winning Pulitzers for the Post-Intelligencer in 1999 and 2003, he was a Pulitzer finalist in 1987 and again in 2014 after joining the LA Times. Also in 2014, he received a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his cartoons on social justice issues. Horsey's many other honors include the National Press Foundation's 1998 Berryman Award for cartoonist of the year and first place in the Best of the West journalism competition for his columns about the 2008 presidential campaign.
As a Rotary Foundation Scholar, Horsey earned an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from both Seattle University and the University of Kent and has been recognized as one the 150 most distinguished graduates of the University of Washington.
Horsey has published nine books of cartoons, including his three most recent, “Draw Quick, Shoot Straight” (2007), “Refuge of Scoundrels” (2013) and “Top of the Ticket (2016).
Horsey and his wife, Nole Ann, have two grown children and a one-year-old granddaughter. For a change of pace, Horsey spends a week or two each year working as an apprentice cowboy in Montana.