Ranan R. Lurie
One of the most honored cartoonists in the world, Ranan Lurie's work has been recognized with the Front Page Award from the Newspaper Guild of New York (three times), the Art Designer's Award, the Citation for Excellence from the Overseas Press Club, the German Golden Plate Award, two John Fischetti Awards, and the Headliner's Award. He was voted by his peers in the National Cartoonists Society of America as one of the three best editorial cartoonists in the United States for eight consecutive years. The U.S. Senate granted him the unprecedented honor of a Senate exhibit of his political art, sponsored jointly by Republicans and Democrats. Lurie invented an animated cartoon technique, which has appeared on the leading television networks, including ABC and PBS. Lurie came to the United States from his native Israel in 1968 to work for Life Magazine, becoming its first and only political cartoonist and cover artist for five years. Later, he served for three years as political cartoonist and contributing editor for Newsweek and senior analyst and political cartoonist for U.S. News and World Report. In 1983, he was invited to become senior political analyst and cartoonist for Japan's Asahi Shimbun and was appointed Honorary Member of the Asahi Shimbun for Life. Prior to his position in Japan, he was political cartoonist for the Times of London (1981-1983). During 1980, he worked as both an interviewer and chief political cartoonist for West Germany's Die Welt. Since 1994, Lurie has produced a weekly cartoon page for Time International Magazine, entitled "Lurie's World," until he founded and became editor in chief of Cartoon News in September 1996. In 1997 he was invited by Europe's oldest paper, the Swiss Neue Zürcher Zeitung, to launch their first political cartoon in 221 years, and in September 2000, he joined Foreign Affairs, where he now serves as the regular political cartoonist. On March 14, 2002, the president of the Republic of Cyprus, Glfacos Clerides, nominated Mr. Lurie for the Nobel Peace Prize. The presidential nomination was based on the following: "Mr. Lurie has contributed greatly in creating a great spirit of understanding among the people of many races, and has helped in the effort to defuse political and other hot conflicts worldwide."