Syndicated cartoonist and Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne will speak to the Eastside Republican Club 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at The War Memorial.
Dave Schumacher, ERC chairman, cited Payne’s wide-ranging talents in a statement in advance of the meeting.
“Mr. Payne is a student of history and closely follows current events, so as the 2020 election campaign ramps up, we are eager to hear his perspective,” Schumacher said.
“As an auto critic and syndicated editorial cartoonist, we also look forward to hearing what’s next for the auto industry and to watch him demonstrate his creative drawing skills,” Schumacher added.
“The Forum is open to the public at no charge, so we invite everyone to hear Mr. Payne and to ask questions.”
Payne has been a critic of mainstream media’s unbalanced reporting, and outspoken about bias in climate change coverage.
The veteran newsman is also a lifetime “motorhead,” Pulitzer-Prize-nominated cartoonist, author of three books, and an active racecar driver.
His work is reprinted by USA Today, National Review, Townhall.com and other outlets.
Born in Charleston, West Virginia, Payne received a degree in history from Princeton University in 1984. As editorial cartoonist for two student newspapers, The Daily Princetonian and the Nassau Weekly, Payne won the College Media Advisers Cartoon Contest and the Tribune Company Syndicate’s National College Cartoonist’s Contest.
Upon graduation from Princeton, Payne began his newspaper career as staff artist and editorial cartoonist with the Charleston Daily Mail. In 1986 he joined Scripps Howard News Service and began syndication with United Feature in 1987.
Detroit News hired Payne in 1999 and he now contributes auto reviews, videos, and product reporting to The News. He also hosts the weekly "Car Radio" program for 910-AM Detroit, and produces a weekly comic called "Car-toon."
The Associated Press has voted Payne the Best Editorial Cartoonist in Michigan.
Payne is the father of two boys and lives with his wife in Bloomfield Hills.
The Eastside Republican Club Forum meets monthly from September to June. Admission is free and the public is always welcome. Stay up-to-date and "like" the ERC on Facebook.
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