2018 Keynote Speaker: Kevin "Kal" Kallaugher

Advocate Keynote Speaker: Kevin Kallaugher

Kevin Kallaugher (Kal) is an international, award-winning editorial cartoonist for The Economist and the Baltimore Sun. The first resident cartoonist in The Economist’s 145-year history, his diverse portfolio includes more than 8,000 cartoons, 140 covers and six books. The World Encyclopedia of Cartoons said, “Commanding a masterful style, Kallaugher stands among the premier caricaturists of the (twentieth) century.” In a distinguished – and syndicated – career that spans five decades, his work has appeared in more than 100 publications worldwide.

He has lectured at TED, Harvard, Pixar and Google where he utilizes his sharp wit and biting insight to tackle the issues of the day with well-placed humor and precision art. 

Kal has garnered international honors and awards in seven countries and held exhibitions of his work in 12. He was a 2015 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning, and recipient of the 2015 Herblock Prize and the 2014 Grand Prix for Cartoon of the Year in Europe. His work includes three award-winning illustrated wall calendars; acclaimed animations; and a 2008 board game about the financial crisis entitled “Credit Crunch.” In 2013, he published a major retrospective collection of his Economist drawings entitled Daggers Drawn: 35 Years of Kal Cartoons in The Economist. An earlier collection of his Economist work, Drawn from The Economist, was printed in 1988. Four collections of his Baltimore Sun cartoons have also been published: KALtoons (1992), KAL Draws a Crowd (1996), KAL Draws the Line (2000), and KAL Draws Criticism (2006). He also launched his first iPhone app in 2010.

He worked with animation legend, Richard Williams, to produce an award-winning, 30-second television commercial and has created animations for The Economist, ABC’s Nightline and CNN’s Lou Dobbs.

He has been the artist-in-residence at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), The Studios at Key West and the Masterworks Museum in Bermuda.  Kal is the past President of The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and Cartoonists Rights Network International, a human rights group dedicated to protecting cartoonists around the globe.


Support the NAAPAC and the Better Government Fund and join us at The International Spy Museum! Enjoy exclusive access to the museum and Spy Store, enter to win great prizes, and more.

Date: Thursday, March 15
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: The International Spy Museum - 800 F St NW, Washington, DC

Tickets: $200

Registration is now closed. 

NAAPAC 2018 Event

The International Spy Museum is less than a 10-minute walk from the Grand Hyatt Washington. Transportation will not be provided.

Questions about the NAAPAC or Better Government Fund? 

Contact Sheryl Eastman, Manager of Political Action Committee.