Jahn Kloss ’81 (Government & Journalism)

Kloss makes a lasting impression

Jahn Kloss

When the Sacramento News and Review started up in 1989, one of those vying for a job was a former State Hornet staff member, Jahn Kloss. Almost 20 years later, Kloss is still producing political drawings for the weekly, and teaching sociology and art for campuses in the Los Rios Community College District.

A native of Erie, Pa., Kloss’ infatuation with California politics began immediately after he got off the Greyhound in Sacramento. Drawn by the view of the Capitol dome, Kloss walked up the street and found himself in a United Farm Workers rally, literally rubbing elbows with UFW President Caesar Chavez.

At Sac State, Kloss worked for the student newspaper, writing and drawing.

“I began to notice my drawing was able to get to the point a little more quickly than my writing could.”

After graduating he landed a spot in the University’s Capital Fellows program and then completed a master’s degree in social philosophy at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England.

Kloss has always been a political and social activist and has drawn pieces for a number of organizations from environmental to educational causes.

His artistic achievements extend beyond political cartooning. He’s also a sculptor, and his paintings can be found at various spots around Sacramento. He could have moved on to a larger stage, and did for a time, drawing a nationally syndicated Sunday comic strip called Wee Do Puzzles. But he likes Sacramento and sees it as a small version of Washington, D.C., with its political vibe, government offices and lobbying groups.

“I like hanging around people who think politically and who are activists.”

And he’s quick to credit his professors—in art, journalism and social theory—for setting him on this path.

“I feel like I have those people sort of watching over me. I never feel quite alone when I’m at my drawing table.

This article was originally published in the Spring 2008 edition of Sac State Magazine.