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KNOXVILLE—Knoxville News Sentinel political cartoonist Charlie Daniel will be honored on May 17 at a luncheon hosted by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Baker Center. Cost is $15, and reservations must be made by calling 865-974-0931 or e-mailing by May 14.

The event is being sponsored by Senator Baker and his wife, Senator Nancy Kassebaum.

The Baker Center has hosted several events focusing on the importance of humor in politics. Daniel is being honored by the Baker Center for his long and illustrious career.

A small exhibit of Daniel’s work will be on display in the Baker Center rotunda.

Daniel began his drawing cartoons for the Daily Tar Heel in 1955 while working on his political science degree at the University of North Carolina. He moved to Knoxville and started working for the Knoxville Journal in 1958. He became the editorial cartoonist at the Knoxville News Sentinel in 1992 and remains there today.

Daniel is a member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. He is also a board member of the Baptist Health System, the Volunteer Ministry, and is president of the Alumni Board of Fork Union Military Academy.

His cartoons have been featured in exhibits at UT, East Tennessee State University, Roane State Community College, Lincoln Memorial University, Carson-Newman College, the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, the Hanson Gallery, and the gallery at the Knoxville News Sentinel.

For more about the Baker Center, visit the website.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,

Nissa Dahlin-Brown (865-974-8681,