Mike Peters was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1943. He studied Fine Arts at Washington University where he graduated in 1965. He got a job at the art staff of The Chicago Daily News, which was cut short by his army service in Vietnam. After his service, his mentor Bill Mauldin helped him to get a job as an editorial cartoonist at the Dayton Daily News in 1969. In 1981, Mike Peters received a Pulitzer Prize for Journalism. In 1984, he created his popular newspaper comic strip 'Mother Goose & Grimm'. It has appeared in several book collections, and is syndicated to over 800 newspapers as well as made into a TV show. Mike Peters also continues to draw political cartoons.