Known for his award-winning cartoons, entertaining radio program and engaging short stories, Marshall Ramsey has been living his childhood dream for 46 years. But that dream hasn’t always been easy. When Ramsey graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee in 1991, his first job was as a night custodian at Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia – not exactly a planned destination on his career path. But Ramsey quickly learned that the “worst moments” in life are the seeds for the best moments.
Ramsey is a two-time Pulitzer Finalist (2002 and 2006). His editorial cartoons are syndicated nationally by Creators Syndicate and have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. He is the author several successful books including two cartoon collections, the short story collection, Fried Chicken and Wine and the delightful children’s book Banjo’s Dream. Ramsey’s cartoons, photos, stories and posts are frequently shared on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. He’s also the host of the weekly statewide radio program, Now You’re Talking with Marshall Ramsey on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
Ramsey’s also a cancer survivor. Diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2001, he has been honored by both the Melanoma Research Foundation and the American Cancer Society for paying his survival forward. He actively promotes skin cancer awareness and sun safety through cartoons, speeches, skin screenings and a 5K race. He even ran the Marine Corps Marathon to raise funds for melanoma research. (He completed the race, raised $13,000 and developed some wicked leg cramps).
Ramsey, his wife Amy, their three sons and precocious dog Pip live in Mississippi, the best state for politics, storytellers, sweet tea and raising a family.