Marshall Ramsey (1991)

Category: Alumni Professional Achievement | Awards

2019 Alumni Professional Achievement Award Winner

Known for his quick wit, sharp pen, and touching memorial tributes, Marshall Ramsey is editor-at-large of Mississippi Today, following a 22-year career at the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.

Ramsey is the author of three cartoon collections, two short story collections, and a children’s book. He is also the illustrator of Financial Peace Junior, a personal finance book for children written by his cousin and fellow UT alumnus Dave Ramsey. He has appeared on national broadcast and cable news networks and served as a radio talk show host for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, enjoying strong ratings for his former radio show, The Marshall Ramsey Show.

Well-deserved praise has been given to Ramsey. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist (2002 and 2006) and has received UT’s Accomplished Alumni Award and the Gannett Chairman’s Award, recognizing him as one of the top 100 employees of Gannett. His work has appeared in some of the world’s top media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today. Additionally, his cartoons are syndicated nationally by Creative Syndicate. He received acclaim for two companion cartoons memorializing President George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, in 2018.

Ramsey graduated from UT in 1991 with a BS in marketing, though he has become a legend in the College of Communication and Information (CCI), where he created editorial cartoons for the Daily Beacon during his time as a student. In 2014, he presented his mentor in the college, Faye Julian, with a special tribute cartoon to CCI. He is an avid fan of Coach Pat Summitt, who connected with him during his time at UT. Following his history of donating artwork for auctions benefiting nonprofits, he offered his Coach Summitt tribute cartoon to the Pat Summitt Foundation to raise funds in its battle to end Alzheimer’