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2020 Bombeck workshop digital journalist Liza Donnelly

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Liza Donnelly

Liza Donnelly is a writer and award-winning cartoonist for The New Yorker, The New York TImes, CNN, CBS News and others. 

Donnelly is the creator of a digital visual journalism called live drawing. For CBS News, CNN and The New Yorker, she covered the Democratic National Convention in 2016, the 2017 Inauguration, White House Press conferences and political protest marches. She was the first cartoonist to be granted access on location to live-draw the Academy Awards; she has also live-drawn the Grammys, Tonys and more. Her innovative approach to reporting and commenting on events has been covered by The New York Times, CBS News, The BBC, NBC, Ad Week, USA Today and People Magazine.  

An extensive traveler, she has received several international awards for her editorial cartoons.

An accomplished public speaker, she has been a cultural envoy for the U.S. State Department, traveling the world to speak about freedom of speech and women’s rights. Her TED talk was translated into 38 languages and viewed over 1.4 million times. Along with her husband cartoonist Michael Maslin, she was profiled on CBS Sunday Morning, has been a guest on numerous podcasts, television and radio shows, and has been interviewed for many publications. Liza is the recipient of an honorary Ph.D. from University of Connecticut and taught at Vassar College and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

She is the author/editor of 17 books. Her latest book, Women On Men, was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. A revised edition of her history, Funny Ladies: THe New Yorker's Greatest Women Cartoonists, will be published in 2021.

Donnelly is a charter member of the international project, Cartooning for Peace. She currently has a retrospective of her work on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum. She lives in New York.

In 2018, she served as the opening night keynote speaker at the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop.