Chris OBrion has drawn a weekly freelance editorial cartoon for the Roanoke (Va.) Times since 2007. He has been staff cartoonist at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., at the Potomac News in Woodbridge, Va. and at the Chapel Hill Newspaper in Chapel Hill, N.C.
OBrion's cartoons have appeared in dozens of Virginia newspapers, and have been reprinted nationally in USA Today and the New York Times, and internationally in Newsweek. He has also been a news artist at the Roanoke Times and at the Olympian in Olympia, Wash.
His informational graphics, cartoons and illustrations have won awards from the Virginia Press Association, National Newspaper Association, Landmark Communications, Best of Gannett, Columbia College Chicago, College Media Advisors, Courage World Cartoon Contest, and the Society of Professional Journalists Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competition. OBrion's cartoon work received an honorable mention in the John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition, and second place in the Clifford K. & James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning.
OBrion earned his bachelor's from Duke University, where he majored in political science, and earned a Master's in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. In addition to creating editorial cartoons, he works as a marketing specialist for a public library system, as a technology and graphics specialist at a community college, and as a freelance graphic artist. He lives in Richmond, Va. with his wife and two daughters. His work can be seen at roanoke.com/opinion and at chrisobrion.com.