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UNC-TV program profiles award-winning political cartoonist Dwane Powell

Political cartoonist Dwane Powell at The News & Observer in UNC-TV’s “Muse: The Arts Show.”
Political cartoonist Dwane Powell at The News & Observer in UNC-TV’s “Muse: The Arts Show.” Morgan Potts/UNC-TV

News & Observer political cartoonist Dwane Powell is profiled in this week’s episode of “Muse: The Arts Show,” a new program airing on UNC-TV.

The segment, directed by Morgan Potts, features interviews with Powell conducted at his home studio, at The News & Observer in downtown Raleigh and at the City of Raleigh Museum, which houses an exhibit on Powell’s work, “‘You Really Stuck it to Me Today’: The Political Cartoons of Dwane Powell.” In the “Muse” segment, the award-winning cartoonist talks about his career and the state of the newspaper industry today.

Powell is an Arkansas native and a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He worked for the Cincinnati Enquirer before coming to The News & Observer in 1975. Powell, who turns 72 this week, retired from The N&O in 2009 but returned in 2013 on a freelance basis to draw cartoons for the Sunday editorial page.

He recently was awarded the first Rex Babin Award for local and state cartooning by the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists at this year’s meeting at Hofstra University.

“Muse: The Arts Show” is hosted by Laura Ritchie and airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday on UNC-TV’s NC Channel and at 8 p.m. Thursday on UNC-TV. The segment on Powell can also be viewed on the UNC-TV Facebook page.

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