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Clarion-Ledger Cartoonist Marshall Ramsey Visits MC

February 12, 2009

Marshall Ramsey, the award-winning editorial cartoonist for "The Clarion-Ledger," will be a guest speaker at Mississippi College March 2-3.

A 1991 University of Tennessee graduate, Ramsey is invited to deliver the annual Purser Hewitt Journalism Lectures. The series is sponsored by the children of former Clarion-Ledger Editor Purser Hewitt. It attracts professional journalists and journalism educators to speak to students in the MC Department of Communication.

Ramsey's cartoons have also appeared in such publications as "USA Today" and "The New York Times." He's a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. His work has also been seen by millions of viewers on CNN and C-SPAN and Ramsey's cartoons are nationally syndicated by Copley News Service.

Ramsey's visit to Mississippi College will include two opportunities open to the general public, beginning with a 7 p.m. event Monday March 2 in the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall in Aven Hall.

He will also discuss his work in the Gore Art Galleries located behind the Leland Speed Library at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday March 3. More than a dozen of Ramsey's drawings will be on loan from the collection at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson. Admission is free to both public events.

During his two-day visit to the Clinton campus, Ramsey will also stop by MC journalism classes to discuss his craft.

The CL editorial cartoonist has illustrated seven children's books for his cousin, financial guru and popular radio host Dave Ramsey. His first book "Marshall Ramsey's Greatest Hits" was a best-seller in the Jackson area.

A melanoma survivor, Ramsey was honored by the Melanoma Research Foundation and the American Cancer Society for his work promoting skin cancer screening, including the annual "Run from the Sun" road race in downtown Jackson.

Other speakers in the Purser Hewitt Journalism Lectures at MC over the years have included Ronnie Agnew, editor of "The Clarion-Ledger," and Will Norton, dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

For more information on Ramsey's visit, contact professor Tim Nicholas at the MC Department of Communication at 601.925.3462 or Vicki Williams at 601.925.3229.

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