As a freelance political cartoonist, he had his work published by the Omaha World-Herald between 1982 and 1987. He was also cartoonist for two Nebraska weekly newspapers, The Papillion Times (1985-1988) and The Millard Times (1987-1988).
He founded a commercial art studio in 1986. In 1988 he self-syndicated a weekly editorial cartoon feature, Stating Opinions, to a dozen Nebraska newspapers.
The National Newspaper Association presented him with its Best Original Cartoon Award in 1987, and in 1989 he won an award for illustration in the New England Associated Press News Executives Association Page Presentation Contest.
A native of Omaha, Neb., Hitch won numerous regional and national awards for art, writing and architectural design while still in high school. He produced cartoons for The Gateway, the school newspaper for the University of Nebraska, where he was an art major. He twice won national honors for collegiate cartooning, as well as a local Sigma Delta Chi Award in 1982.