Rob Rogers' parents recognized their son's unique talent at an early age. Unfortunately, his talent was sticking Cheerios up his nose, which limited his career options. His parents were worried. Eventually, he became bored with breakfast cereals and traded them in for crayons.
Born in Philadelphia, Rogers took advantage of big city culture. He copied his favorite characters out of the Philadelphia Inquirer's comic pages and enrolled in Saturday art classes at the museum. It soon became evident that he had a talent for art, which also limited his career options.
At the age of thirteen, his family threw the mattress on top of the Buick and moved to Oklahoma. His parents figured if they moved to a state without a decent newspaper or museum he might give up his silly hobby. He continued to draw in high school and became an art major in college. His interest in "political" cartooning was cultivated at Oklahoma State University.
Desperate for a city with decent newspapers and museums, Rob returned to Pennsylvania to attend graduate school at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. After graduating in 1984 with an MFA in painting, Rob was hired by the Pittsburgh Press. Rogers joined the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette when it acquired the Press in January 1993.
A syndicated cartoonist with United Feature Syndicate, Rogers' cartoons appear regularly in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsweek, and USA Today, among others. His "How the Gingrich Stole Christmas" graced the cover of Newsweek's 1994 year-end issue. Rogers and his cartoons have also appeared on NBC's "Today," and CBS's "Face the Nation."
National journalistic organizations have recognized Rogers' provocative work. He received the 1995 National Headliner Award, the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award and has won seven Golden Quill Awards. In 1999, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
He currently lives in the city with Sylvia, a brilliant art historian ... and Mojo, a not-so-brilliant weimaraner. Together they enjoy museums, newspapers and the occasional bowl of Cheerios.