A native of Windsor, Ontario, Dowling began his 28-year career with the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1967. He's widely recognized in the city as Cincinnati's sports editorial cartoonist. For decades, fans could expect to see his biting editorial cartoons that graced the sports pages. You might remember his cartoons by the little iconic rat, "Dirty Rat", often seen in the corner of all of Dowling's work.
One of Jerry Dowling's greatest distinctions is that he's the guy who created the iconic illustration of "The Big Red Machine". Dowling left the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1995 to become a full time freelance artist.
A lifetime member of the Baseball Writers Association of America (was a Hall of Fame voter) Dowling is also a member of the ISCA (International Society of Caricature Artists). He has won numerous awards during his career, including Best of Gannett (1980) and Newspaper Illustration Division Reuben Award (NCS 1994). He was inducted into the Cincinnati Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 for his hockey art and to the Cincinnati chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Hall of Fame.