Born with an irritating habit of making fun of other people and bred on Louisiana politics, Clay Jones couldn't have chosen a career other than political cartooning. He was born on an army base in Texas and from there went on to live in Louisiana, Illinois, California, and Georgia. In 1990 he moved to Mississippi and shortly after went to work at a weekly newspaper, the Panolian in Batesville, despite his lack of any real newspaper training. He started syndicating his cartoons throughout Mississippi while learning the basics of publishing a weekly newspaper.
In 1995 he went to work for the Daily Leader in Brookhaven as its cartoonist and photographer. He left the Leader in September of 1995 to pursue his cartooning full time. After living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast briefly, he moved to Jackson to be closer to the state's politics and to attend Belhaven College.
Clay Jones has won first place for Best Editorial Cartoon in the Mississippi Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest in 1994 and 1995, the first two years of the competition. He has also won the MPA's Silver Dollar Idea Award in 1995. His work is syndicated in over forty newspapers in Mississippi and has been reprinted in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Washington Post National Weekly Edition, and the Washington Times.
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