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March 12, 2013
If you don't know Jack (Ohman), come meet him March 20

Jack Ohman photo.JPGHe blogs. He tweets. He's on Facebook. His political cartoons appear five or six times a week in The Sacramento Bee, and are syndicated nationally to more than 200 newspapers. In the parlance of modern newspaper-speak, he's the ultimate multi-platform content provider.

He's also entertaining in person. Don't believe me? Find out for yourself on Wednesday, March 20. That's when The Bee is hosting a free public event -- "Meet Jack Ohman" -- here, at 2100 Q Street, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Ohman, as I noted when we hired him back in October, is one of the most talented and lauded cartoonists working today. He has won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Scripps Foundation Award, the national SPJ Award, the National Headliner Award and the Overseas Press Club Award. Last year, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. This year, he was a finalist for the Herblock Prize, one of the nation's most prestigious contests for cartooning.

He's also written and illustrated ten books, many of them about his off-time obsession, fly fishing.

A native of Minnesota, Ohman previously worked at the Columbus Dispatch, the Detroit Free Press and The Oregonian in Portland before joining The Bee at the start of this year. He succeeds our friend and great colleague Rex Babin, who passed away in March last year after a 15-month struggle with cancer.

If you want to check out Ohman's cartoons, daily blog and a video of his first day at work, find them at

If you want to meet him in person, and hear his take on the Sacramento scene and California politics, attend the March 20 event. You can register by clicking on the "Bee Events" tab at

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The Swarm is written by members of The Sacramento Bee's editorial board. They meet daily and are separate from the newsroom. Views included here are those of individual writers, and do not necessarily reflect those of a majority of the board or the positions expressed in The Bee's editorials.

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