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Cartoonist Auth leaving Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Tony Auth (awth) is leaving The Philadelphia Inquirer amid buyouts and a possible sale.

The 69-year-old Auth has spent four decades at the Inquirer. But he won’t be idle.

The Inquirer reports he’ll work for public radio station WHYY’s website and create political cartoons each week for syndication.

Auth says he wants to “spend more time doing different kinds of projects.” He’s preparing for an exhibit of his work opening June 1 in Doylestown, just north of Philadelphia.

Inquirer Editor Stan Wischnowski says Auth’s career at the newspaper has spanned eight U.S. presidents and seven Philadelphia mayors.

Auth received a 1976 Pulitzer Prize and numerous other journalism awards.

Owners of the Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News are seeking to eliminate dozens of newsroom jobs by March 31. They’re also contemplating a sale.

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