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Dan Martin - Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- For 30 years, artist Dan Martin has been drawing the famous St. Louis Post-Dispatch Weatherbird. On November 30, 2016, he was honored as a Media Person of the Year by the St. Louis Press Club.

Weatherbird is the longest-running daily cartoon in U.S. history. Only six cartoonists have drawn the Weatherbird since it began on February 11, 1901, Harry B. Martin , Oscar Chopin, S. Carlisle Martin, Amadee Wohlschlaeger, Albert Schweitzer, and, since 1986, Dan Martin. By the way, none of the three Martins are related.

Judith Newmark sat down with Martin to talk about his career with the Post-Dispatch, which began in 1980, and how he has made Weatherbird his own while preserving the century-old tradition.