Background about Steve Kelley
more than two decades, Steve
Kelley has devoted his attention to public officials
the way the radiator grille of a tractor-trailer might devote
its attention to June bugs. He has delighted readers with editorial cartoons that consistently
consign office-holders to the one fate they fear most: that
of not being taken seriously.
honors graduate from Dartmouth College, Kelley began his career
at the San Diego Union-Tribune. In 2002, he moved to The
Times-Picayune in New Orleans.
"I tend to limit my cartoons to two subjects," Kelley
confesses. "Politics and stuff people actually care about."
Kelley joined with Jeff Parker to launch Dustin.
Kelley, the writer of Dustin, uses his humor to make Dustin work for audiences. He explained: “Humor in large part is based on irony, and it’s seeing where all the pieces fit together. What a funny person is able to do is find the irony and present it in the way that is funny to others. It’s really like writing a sitcom. We call it a ‘sitcomic.’”
editorial cartoons have won numerous awards,
including six first-place finishes from the California Newspaper
Publishers Association. In 2001, he won first-place awards from
the CNPA, the Los Angeles Press Club and the Best of the West
competition. That same year, he also won the National Headliner
The Virginia native is a popular speaker and humorist. A veteran
of seven appearances on The Tonight Show,
Kelley gives much of his time and talent to charity. Funny
Money, which he co-created, has provided funding for
the San Diego Child Abuse Prevention Foundation for seven consecutive
years. In 2001, he started 1,000 Laughs for 1,000 Smiles to raise
money to fund reconstructive surgery for children in Mexico.
Kelley is the father of a young son, Hayden,
about whom he brags without regard to the listener's interest.
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