Paul Michael Szep is a political cartoonist. He was the chief editorial cartoonist at the Boston Globe from 1967â€“2001 and has been syndicated to hundreds of newspapers worldwide. He won the Pulitzer Prize twice for Editorial Cartooning in 1974 and 1977. Szep also won the prestigious international Thomas Nast Prize. The Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi honored him twice with its Distinguished Service Award for Editorial Cartooning. He won the National Headliner Award in 1977 and the National Cartoonists Society's Editorial Cartoonist of the year. He has written more than a dozen books.
Szep is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art. He first started cartooning at the Financial Post newspaper in Canada. Although born in Canada, he is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Szep was a strong opponent of the Vietnam War and his cartoons on Edward King, the governor of Massachusetts, resulted in his being sued for libel. In 1987, a court dismissed King's suit. His work is currently syndicated by Creators Syndicate. He has a daughter Amy. His son, Jason Szep, a Reuters journalist, also won a Sigma Delta Chi Award. Jason Szep is currently Southeast Asia Bureau Chief at Reuters.