Cartoonist who cited political conflicts with paper is fired

June 14, 2018 - 3:55 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The longtime editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says he has been fired.

The paper had declined to run many of Rob Rogers' cartoons in recent months amid what Rogers described in March as "political differences" with editors.

Rogers announced on social media Thursday that he had been fired after 25 years as the paper's editorial cartoonist.

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists issued a statement last week linking Rogers' situation to "the recent arrival of a Trump-supporting editorial page editor."

Keith Burris became the paper's editorial director in March. Burris did not immediately return a phone call and email seeking comment. A message left with the office of publisher John Block wasn't immediately returned. Block told The Washington Post last week that the matter "had little to do with politics" or Trump but primarily involved "working together and the editing process."

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