Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial Cartoonist Rob Rogers Fired After 25 Years

Robert Mangino
June 14, 2018 - 5:37 pm
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – After 25 years of sketches and satire, editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers announced Thursday he has been fired from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Rogers has been vocal about disagreements with new editorial director Keith Burris in recent weeks. Rogers says Burris rejected almost two dozen of his cartoons since publisher John Robinson Block brought in Burris to oversee the unit in March, most of which were critical of President Donald Trump.

Burris was already the editor of the editorial pages for the Post-Gazette’s sister paper The Toledo Blade; he now manages both editorial departments.

Rogers announced the decision via Twitter. 

The Post-Gazette reports Burris claims he did not “suppress” the cartoons but that Rogers would not “collaborate” with him on editorial ideas.

“We never said he should do no more Trump cartoons or do pro-Trump cartoons,” Burris told the Post-Gazette. “For an in-house staff cartoonist, editing is part of it. Rob’s view was, ‘Take it or leave it.’ ”

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