Joel Pett Project on One to One

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Joel Pett has been drawing pictures with words for decades — and he gets a paycheck for it.

As editorial cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Pett has garnered national acclaim for his work, including winning the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 1999 and the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 2000.

This Sunday on One to One, he talks about his career with the Herald-Leader, and his love-hate relationship with readers, power brokers, and politicians. Over the years, Pett has aimed his biting wit and poison pen at many, even University of Kentucky basketball.

Pett took me to task at the beginning of our conversation for a simple English language faux pas I made about subject-verb agreement. We were already well into the interview by then, so I decided to leave it in — bleep and all!

In this “After the Show” segment, Pett talks about two of his favorite Kentucky subjects, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul, and he demonstrates how he sketches both men.

You can see my full interview with Joel Pett, Sunday at 1 p.m. on KET, and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on KET2.

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