Her left-leaning bite makes readers think, as soon as they stop laughing.
Wilkinson started her career as a reporter. Back in the newsroom, she began drawing the people she was supposed to be reporting on. She realized cartooning combined her interests in art and politics without taxing her interest in spelling. After a year of remedial art school, including a stint at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, she began freelancing at several Philadelphia and New York publications, finally landing a full-time job at the San Jose Mercury News in 1982.
- Stringer at West Chester (PA) Daily Local News.
- Cartoonist at San Jose Mercury News
- Cartoonist at Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News
- President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (1994-1995)
- Lectures and teaches classes on cartooning throughout the U.S. and worldwide.
One Nation under Surveillance (Cartoonist Group, 2005)
Contributor to the cartoon collection of Sex and Sensibility (Twelve, 2008)
Featured in Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists (2018)
Herstory: 19 Cartoons in Celebration of the 19th Amendment (2019)
Wilkinson values her intensely unremarkable family life which is marked by her interest in growing outdoor lilies, killing indoor orchids, finding an easy way to match her husband's socks and trying to figure out the best way to answer the question, "Mom, what's so funny about small hands?"
1992 Pulitzer Prize
2008 & 2002 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award
1991 Berryman Award
2006, 2002 & 1997 Overseas Press Club Award
1996, 1997 & 1999 1st Place honors, Best of Gannett Awards
2014, 2006, 2000 & 1996 Overseas Press Club Award
Wilkinson is "the Pennsylvania state vegetable substitute" -- Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1989).