Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning

The Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartoons is one of the fourteen Pulitzer Prizes that is annually awarded for Journalism. It has been awarded since 1922 for a distinguished editorial cartoon or portfolio of cartoons published during the year, characterized by originality, editorial effectiveness, quality of drawing, and pictorial effect.

Since 1980, finalists (usually two) have been announced in addition to the winner.[1]

List of winners

Year Winner Organization Rationale
1922 Rollin Kirby New York World "For 'On the Road to Moscow.'"
1923 No award given.
1924 Jay Norwood Darling Des Moines Register & Tribune "For 'In Good Old USA.'"
1925 Rollin Kirby New York World "For 'News from the Outside World.'"
1926 D. R. Fitzpatrick St. Louis Post-Dispatch "For 'The Laws of Moses and the Laws of Today.'"
1927 Nelson Harding Brooklyn Daily Eagle "For 'Toppling the Idol.'"
1928 Nelson Harding Brooklyn Daily Eagle "For 'May His Shadow Never Grow Less.'"
1929 Rollin Kirby New York World "For 'Tammany.'"
1930 Charles R. Macauley Brooklyn Daily Eagle "For 'Paying for a Dead Horse.'"
1931 Edmund Duffy The Baltimore Sun "For 'An Old Struggle Still Going On.'"
1932 John T. McCutcheon Chicago Tribune "For 'A Wise Economist Asks a Question.'"
1933 H. M. Talburt The Washington Daily News "For 'The Light of Asia.'"
1934 Edmund Duffy The Baltimore Sun "For 'California Points with Pride!'"
1935 Ross A. Lewis Milwaukee Journal "For 'Sure, I'll Work for Both Sides.'"
1936 No award given.
1937 C. D. Batchelor New York Daily News "For 'Come on in, I'll treat you right. I used to know your Daddy.'"
1938 Vaughn Shoemaker Chicago Daily News "For 'The Road Back.'"
1939 Charles G. Werner Daily Oklahoman "For 'Nomination for 1938.'"
1940 Edmund Duffy The Baltimore Sun "For 'The Outstretched Hand.'"
1941 Jacob Burck Chicago Times "For 'If I Should Die Before I Wake.'"
1942 Herbert Lawrence Block Newspaper Enterprise Association "For 'British Plane.'"
1943 Jay Norwood Darling Des Moines Register & Tribune "For 'What a Place For a Waste Paper Salvage Campaign.'"
1944 Clifford K. Berryman The Evening Star "For 'Where Is the Boat Going?.'"
1945 Sergeant Bill Mauldin United Feature Syndicate, Inc. "For distinguished service as a cartoonist, as exemplified by the cartoon entitled, 'Fresh, spirited American troops, flushed with victory, are bringing in thousands of hungry, ragged, battle-weary prisoners,' in the series entitled, 'Up Front With Mauldin.'"
1946 Bruce Alexander Russell Los Angeles Times "For 'Time to Bridge That Gulch.'"
1947 Vaughn Shoemaker Chicago Daily News "For his cartoon, 'Still Racing His Shadow.'"
1948 Reuben L. Goldberg New York Sun "For 'Peace Today.'"
1949 Lute Pease Newark Evening News "For 'Who Me?'"
1950 James T. Berryman The Evening Star "For 'All Set for a Super-Secret Session in Washington.'"
1951 Reg (Reginald W.) Manning Arizona Republic "For 'Hats.'"
1952 Fred L. Packer New York Mirror "For 'Your Editors Ought to Have More Sense Than to Print What I Say!'"
1953 Edward D. Kuekes Cleveland Plain Dealer "For 'Aftermath.'"
1954 Herbert L. Block (Herblock) The Washington Post & Times-Herald "For a cartoon depicting the robed figure of Death saying to Stalin after he died, 'You Were Always A Great Friend of Mine, Joseph.'"
1955 Daniel R. Fitzpatrick St. Louis Post-Dispatch "For a cartoon published on June 8, 1954 entitled, 'How Would Another Mistake Help?' showing Uncle Sam, bayoneted rifle in hand, pondering whether to wade into a black marsh bearing the legend 'French Mistakes in Indo-China.' The award is also given for distinguished body of the work of Mr. Fitzpatrick in both 1954 and his entire career."
1956 Robert York Louisville Times "For his cartoon, 'Achilles' showing a bulging figure of American prosperity tapering to a weak heel labeled 'Farm Prices.'"
1957 Tom Little The Nashville Tennessean "For 'Wonder Why My Parents Didn't Give Me Salk Shots?' Published on January 12, 1956."
1958 Bruce M. Shanks Buffalo Evening News "For 'The Thinker,' published on August 10, 1957, depicting the dilemma of union membership when confronted by racketeering leaders in some labor unions."
1959 William H. (Bill) Maudlin St. Louis Post-Dispatch "For 'I won the Nobel Prize for Literature. What was your crime?' Published on October 30, 1958."
1960 No award given.
1961 Carey Orr Chicago Tribune "For 'The Kindly Tiger,' published on October 8, 1960."
1962 Edmund S. Valtman The Hartford Times "For 'What You Need, Man, Is a Revolution Like Mine,' published on August 31, 1961."
1963 Frank Miller Des Moines Register "For a cartoon which showed a world destroyed with one ragged figure calling to another: 'I said we sure settled that dispute, didn't we!'"
1964 Paul Conrad The Denver Post "For his editorial cartooning during the past year"
1965 No award given.
1966 Don Wright The Miami News "For 'You Mean You Were Bluffing?'"
1967 Patrick B. Oliphant The Denver Post "For 'They Won't Get Us To The Conference Table...Will They?' Published February 1, 1966."
1968 Eugene Gray Payne The Charlotte Observer "For his editorial cartooning in 1967."
1969 John Fischetti Chicago Daily News "For his editorial cartooning in 1968."
1970 Thomas F. Darcy Newsday "For his editorial cartooning during 1969."
1971 Paul Conrad Los Angeles Times "For his editorial cartooning during 1970."
1972 Jeffrey K. MacNelly Richmond News-Leader "For his editorial cartooning during 1971."
1973 No award given.
1974 Paul Szep The Boston Globe "For his editorial cartooning during 1973."
1975 Garry Trudeau Universal Press Syndicate "For his cartoon strip Doonesbury."
1976 Tony Auth The Philadelphia Inquirer "For 'O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain,' published on July 22, 1975."
1977 Paul Szep The Boston Globe
1978 Jeffrey K. MacNelly Richmond News Leader
1979 Herbert L. Block The Washington Post "For the body of his work."
1980 Don Wright The Miami News
1981 Mike Peters Dayton Daily News
1982 Ben Sargent Austin American-Statesman
1983 Richard Locher Chicago Tribune
1984 Paul Conrad Los Angeles Times
1985 Jeff MacNelly Chicago Tribune
1986 Jules Feiffer The Village Voice
1987 Berk Breathed The Washington Post Writers Group
1988 Doug Marlette The Atlanta Constitution and Charlotte Observer
1989 Jack Higgins Chicago Sun-Times
1990 Tom Toles The Buffalo News "For his work during the year as exemplified by the cartoon 'First Amendment.'"
1991 Jim Borgman The Cincinnati Enquirer
1992 Signe Wilkinson The Philadelphia Daily News
1993 Stephen R. Benson The Arizona Republic
1994 Michael P. Ramirez Commercial Appeal "For his trenchant cartoons on contemporary issues."
1995 Mike Luckovich The Atlanta Constitution
1996 Jim Morin The Miami Herald
1997 Walt Handelsman Times-Picayune
1998 Stephen P. Breen Asbury Park Press
1999 David Horsey The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
2000 Joel Pett Lexington Herald-Leader
2001 Ann Telnaes Los Angeles Times Syndicate
2002 Clay Bennett The Christian Science Monitor
2003 David Horsey The Seattle Post-Intelligencer "For his perceptive cartoons executed with a distinctive style and sense of humor."
2004 Matt Davies The Journal News "For his piercing cartoons on an array of topics, drawn with a fresh, original style."
2005 Nick Anderson The Courier-Journal "For his unusual graphic style that produced extraordinarily thoughtful and powerful messages."
2006 Mike Luckovich The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "For his powerful cartoons on an array of issues, drawn with a simple but piercing style."
2007 Walt Handelsman Newsday "For his stark, sophisticated cartoons and his impressive use of zany animation."
2008 Michael Ramirez Investor's Business Daily "For his provocative cartoons that rely on originality, humor and detailed artistry."
2009 Steve Breen The San Diego Union-Tribune "For his agile use of a classic style to produce wide ranging cartoons that engage readers with power, clarity and humor."
2010 Mark Fiore Self-syndicated; appear on SFGate.com "For his animated cartoons appearing on SFGate.com, the San Francisco Chronicle Web site, where his biting wit, extensive research and ability to distill complex issues set a high standard for an emerging form of commentary."
2011 Mike Keefe The Denver Post "For his widely ranging cartoons that employ a loose, expressive style to send strong, witty messages."
2012 Matt Wuerker Politico "For his consistently fresh, funny cartoons, especially memorable for lampooning the partisan conflict that engulfed Washington."
2013 Steve Sack Star Tribune "For his diverse collection of cartoons, using an original style and clever ideas to drive home his unmistakable point of view."
2014 Kevin Siers The Charlotte Observer "For his thought provoking cartoons drawn with a sharp wit and bold artistic style."
2015 Adam Zyglis The Buffalo News "Who used strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in a few words."
2016 Jack Ohman The Sacramento Bee "For cartoons that convey wry, rueful perspectives through sophisticated style that combines bold line work with subtle colors and textures."
2017 Jim Morin Miami Herald "For editorial cartoons that delivered sharp perspectives through flawless artistry, biting prose and crisp wit."
2018 Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan The New York Times "For an emotionally powerful series, told in graphic narrative form, that chronicled the daily struggles of a real-life family of refugees and its fear of deportation."
2019 Darrin Bell freelancer "For beautiful and daring editorial cartoons that took on issues affecting disenfranchised communities, calling out lies, hypocrisy and fraud in the political turmoil surrounding the Trump administration."

Repeat winners

Through 2017, eighteen people have won the Editorial Cartooning Pulitzer twice, and five of those have won it three times.

Name No. Years won
Rollin Kirby 3 1922, 1925, 1929
Edmund Duffy 3 1931, 1934, 1940
Herbert L. Block 3 1942, 1954, 1979
Paul Conrad 3 1964, 1971, 1984
Jeff MacNelly 3 1972, 1978, 1985

The other repeat winners are Steve Breen, Jay N. "Ding" Darling, Daniel R. Fitzpatrick, Walt Handelsman, Nelson Harding, David Horsey, Mike Luckovich, Bill Mauldin, Jim Morin, Michael Ramirez, Vaughn Shoemaker, Paul Szep, and Don Wright.

Nelson Harding won the prize consecutively in 1927 and 1928.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Editorial Cartooning". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved November 18, 2013.

Further reading

This book chronologically states the awards, displays the artwork, and then describes the cartoon:

Adam Zyglis

Adam Zyglis is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American editorial cartoonist who works for the Buffalo News of Buffalo, New York, where he replaced fellow Pulitzer Prize–winner Tom Toles, when Toles became the cartoonist for the Washington Post. Zyglis is also nationally syndicated through Cagle Cartoons, Inc.. He has also done freelance work and caricatures and cartoons for the weekly alternative Artvoice. Zyglis has won awards from the Associated College Press, and the Universal Press Syndicate, and has been nominated for several other national cartooning awards. He placed 3rd in the 2007 and 2011 National Headliner Awards. In 2013 he won the Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award, given by the National Press Foundation. Zyglis was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning for using, in the committee's citation, "strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in few words. "

Ann Telnaes

Ann Carolyn Telnaes (born in Stockholm, Sweden) is an editorial cartoonist. In 2001, she became the second female cartoonist to win the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. In 2017, she received the Reuben Award, and thus became the first woman to have received both the Reuben Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.Ann Telnaes creates editorial cartoons in various media—animation, visual essays, live sketches, and traditional print- for the Washington Post. She also contributes to The Nib.

Bruce Russell (cartoonist)

Bruce Alexander Russell (August 4, 1903 – December 18, 1963) was an American editorial cartoonist.

After studying at the Southern branch of the University of California, where he worked for the Cub Californian, he was hired for the Los Angeles Times as a sports cartoonist in 1927. He also drew a nationally syndicated cartoon, Rollo Rollingstone (for AP Newsfeatures) during the early 1930s. In 1934 he became the lead cartoonist for the Times, a position he held until his death of a heart attack.Russell won the annual Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1946. His winning cartoon, entitled "Time to Bridge that Gulch," shows an American eagle and a Russian bear facing each other over a gulch filled with "irresponsible statements" and "deepening suspicions."His papers are held at University of California, Los Angeles.

Clay Bennett (cartoonist)

Clay Bennett (born January 20, 1958 in Clinton, South Carolina) is an American editorial cartoonist. His cartoons typically present liberal viewpoints. Currently drawing for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Bennett is the recipient of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.

Graduating from the University of North Alabama in 1980, Bennett briefly served as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville Times (NC). He worked as editorial cartoonist at the St. Petersburg Times for 13 years (1981–1994) but was fired in 1994. While Bennett's editor Phil Gailey denied the firing was politically motivated, many observers saw it as part of the traditionally liberal newspaper's trend towards becoming more conservative. Bennett said "Many saw the termination as political because I was out there on the far left. Obviously expressing your point of view can cost you your job." He later worked for The Christian Science Monitor (1997–2007) and now draws five cartoons a week for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, having joined its staff in 2007.

A nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning seven times, Bennett won the Prize in 2002. He's also the recipient of the Sigma Delta Chi Award, the National Journalism Award, the National Cartoonist Society Award for Editorial Cartoons, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the John Fischetti Award, the National Headliner Award, the Thomas Nast Award from the Overseas Press Club, the Berryman Award from the National Press Foundation, and the Ranan Lurie/United Nations Political Cartoon Award. On May 26, 2018, he was awarded the 2017 Divisional Award for Editorial Cartoons by the National Cartoonists Society.A past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, Bennett lives in Chattanooga with his wife, artist Cindy Procious. His work is syndicated internationally by The Washington Post Writers Group.

David Horsey

David Horsey (born 1951) is an editorial cartoonist and commentator in the United States. His cartoons appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer from 1979 until December 2011 and in the Los Angeles Times since that time. His cartoons are syndicated to newspapers nationwide by Tribune Content Agency. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1999 and 2003.

Edmund S. Valtman

Edmund Siegfried Valtman (May 31, 1914 – January 12, 2005) was an Estonian and American editorial cartoonist and winner of the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.

Born in Tallinn, Estonia, he sold his first cartoons at age 15 to the children's magazine Laste Rõõm. He worked as an editorial cartoonist for the newspapers Eesti Sõna and Maa Sõna and studied at the Tallinn Art and Applied Art School. When the USSR reoccupied Estonia in 1944, he and his wife fled the country and spent the next four years in a displaced persons camp in Germany, which was still under the control of Allied occupation forces. They emigrated to the United States in 1949.

Once in the US, Valtman worked for The Hartford Times from 1951 until his 1975 retirement. He was noted for his caricatures of Cold War-era communist leaders like Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his August 31, 1961 cartoon. It showed Fidel Castro leading a shackled, beaten-down man representing Cuba and advising Brazil "What You Need, Man, Is a Revolution Like Mine!"Valtman died in a Bloomfield, Connecticut retirement home.

Frank Miller (editorial cartoonist)

Frank Andrea Miller (March 28, 1925 – February 17, 1983) was an American editorial cartoonist. He was a cartoonist for the Des Moines Register from 1953 to 1983. In 1963, Miller received the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning for his notable editorial cartoon on nuclear warfare which depicts a world destroyed and one ragged figure saying to another, "I said -- we sure settled that dispute, didn't we!"

James T. Berryman

James Thomas Berryman (June 8, 1902 – August 12, 1971) was an American political cartoonist who won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. Born in Washington, D.C., Berryman was the son of Clifford Berryman, also a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist. The two Berrymans are the only parent-child pair to win Pulitzer Prizes in the same category.

John Fischetti

John R. Fischetti (September 27, 1916 – November 18, 1980) was an editorial cartoonist for the New York Herald Tribune and the Chicago Daily News. He received a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1969 and numerous awards from the National Cartoonists Society.

Michael Sloan

Michael Sloan is an American freelance illustrator. In 2018, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning along with Jake Halpern, for their comic Welcome to the New World.

Mike Keefe

Mike Keefe (born November 6, 1946, in Santa Rosa, California) is an American editorial cartoonist best known for his work at The Denver Post, for which he drew cartoons from 1975 to 2011. His cartoons are nationally syndicated, and have appeared in hundreds of newspapers as well as in Europe, Asia, and most major U.S. news magazines. He currently draws cartoons for The Colorado Independent.

He won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.A former mathematician and automobile assembly line worker, Keefe was educated at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and attended Stanford University on a journalism fellowship. He served in the United States Marine Corps and was president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Keefe was a juror for the 1997 and 1998 Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism. His awards include the Fischetti Award, National Sigma Delta Chi Gold Medallion, and the National Headliner Award.

Keefe is the author of three books: Running Awry, Keefe-Kebab, and The Ten-Speed Commandments. He plays guitar and harmonica for the rock & roll band Falling Rock.

Nelson Harding

Nelson Harding (October 31, 1879 – December 30, 1944) was an American editorial cartoonist for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He won the annual Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in both 1927 and 1928, and as of 2018 was the only cartoonist so honored in consecutive years. The particular cartoon cited in 1928, "May His Shadow Never Grow Less", was a tribute drawn at the end of the 1927 calendar year to flier Charles Lindbergh.Harding was born in New York City. His work was often politically conservative by the standards of his day. He took a leading role in opposition to what some New Yorkers considered to be a threat from Bolshevism in the late 1910s, during the so-called First Red Scare. His cartoons portrayed political radicals as bomb-throwers and terrorists.

Nick Anderson (cartoonist)

Nick Anderson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American syndicated editorial cartoonist whose cartoons typically present liberal viewpoints. He currently draws cartoons for The Washington Post Writers Group. He drew cartoons for the Houston Chronicle from 2006-2017, where the newspaper's Web site maintained a blog of his cartoons and video animations.

His artwork is characterized by a painterly style due to his use of Corel's Painter software, which he uses in conjunction with the Wacom Cintiq computer monitor. He has been designated a "Painter Master" by The Corel Corporation.

Rollin Kirby

Rollin Kirby (September 4, 1875 in Galva, Illinois – May 8, 1952 in New York, New York) was an American political cartoonist. In 1922 he was chronologically the first winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, an honor that he would receive three times.

Kirby worked as a cartoonist at the New York Mail, New York World and the New York Post. His Pulitzer Prizes were for cartoons "On the Road to Moscow" (1921), "News from the Outside World" (1924), and "Tammany" (1928).

Signe Wilkinson

Signe Wilkinson (born July 25, 1950, in Wichita Falls, Texas) is an editorial cartoonist best known for her work at the Philadelphia Daily News. Her work is described as having a "unique style and famous irreverence." Wilkinson is the only female editorial cartoonist whose work has been distributed by a major syndicate.Wilkinson is the first female cartoonist to win the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning (1992) and was once named "the Pennsylvania state vegetable substitute" by the former speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In 2011, Wilkinson received a Visionary Woman Award from Moore College of Art & Design. She has also won four Overseas Press Club Awards and two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for Cartooning, along with other various awards.

Steve Sack

Steve Sack (born 1953) is an American cartoonist who won a 2013 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. With Chris Foote he draws the cartoon activity panel Doodles and he is editorial cartoonist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where he started in 1981. Both Doodles is distributed by Creators Syndicate. Sack's editorial cartoons are distributed by Cagle Cartoons.

Tom Toles

Thomas Gregory "Tom" Toles (born October 22, 1951) is an American political cartoonist. He is the winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. His cartoons typically present progressive viewpoints. Similar to Oliphant's use of his character Punk, Toles also tends to include a small doodle, usually a small caricature of himself at his desk, in the margin of his strip.

Vaughn Shoemaker

Vaughn Richard Shoemaker (August 11, 1902 Chicago, Illinois – August 18, 1991 Carol Stream, Illinois) was an American editorial cartoonist. He won the 1938 and 1947 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning and created the character John Q. Public.

Shoemaker started his career at the Chicago Daily News and spent 22 years there. His 1938 Pulitzer cartoon for the paper was "The Road Back", featuring a World War I soldier marching back to war. The 1947 winning cartoon for the paper was "Still Racing His Shadow", featuring "new wage demands" of workers trying to outrun his shadow "cost of living". He went on to work for the New York Herald Tribune, the Chicago American, and Chicago Today. By his 1972 retirement he had drawn over 14,000 cartoons.

He lived in Carol Stream, Illinois and died of cancer at the age of 89.

Walt Handelsman

Walt Handelsman (born December 3, 1956 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an editorial cartoonist for The Advocate in New Orleans. His cartoons are syndicated by Tribune Content Agency. He has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, in 1997 with the Times-Picayune and in 2007 for Newsday.

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