The National Press Foundation has just announced that Politico cartoonist Matt Wuerker has won the prestigious Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award for editorial cartooning.
"I'm thrilled to get the Berryman Award. I share it with all the other ink-stained wretches out there doing such great work as political cartoonists," Wuerker tells Comic Riffs. "I only wish more of them were as fortunate as me to get to work with such smart, trusting editors like mine here at Politico.
"It's a dream perch for a cartoonist. A cartoonist couldn't ask for better work mates and more forward-thinking editors, and a better media platform to get to scribble on."
The win continues a stellar year for Wuerker, who previously was a runner-up for the Berryman: In April, he accepted the Herblock Prize and for the second straight year was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
According to the judges, "Matt's drawings blend satire, irony and the right amount of anger to skewer the politically powerful of all persuasions."
Receiving honorable mention for this year's Berryman were: The Washington Post's Tom Toles; Daryl Cagle of MSNBC; and Jimmy Margulies of The Record (New Jersey).
The Berryman comes with a $2,500 prize; honorable mention is worth $500.
The Berryman judges were Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism; Susan Swain, co-president of C-SPAN; Karen Doyne, director of the Crisis Management, Burson-Marsteller; Kevin Goldberg, media attorney with Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth; and Steve Breen, the San Diego Union-Tribune cartoonist who won the Berryman three years ago.
The ceremony will be next March in Washington at the National Press Foundation's annual dinner.