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Clay Bennett wins Sigma Delta Chi Award for skewering Trump, Roy Moore

April 24, 2018 at 9:45 AM

by Clay Bennett / Chattanooga Times Free Press / WPWG 2017

CLAY BENNETT’s fruitful season of awards continues.

On Monday, the Society of Professional Journalists announced that Bennett, of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, had won its Sigma Delta Chi Award for editorial cartooning at a large-circulation outlet.

“It was yet another nice surprise in a season of nice surprises,” Bennett told The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs.

Bennett’s five-cartoon portfolio satirized President Trump, the Russia investigation, Alabama candidate Roy Moore and gun sales.

by Clay Bennett / Chattanooga Times Free Press / WPWG 2017

Last month, Bennett won the Overseas Press Club’s Thomas Nast Award for editorial cartooning. He will pick up that honor Thursday during the OPC’s ceremony in New York.

Over his career, Bennett, who has been at the Times Free Press for more than a decade, has also received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Headliner Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the Sigma Delta Chi Award. He is syndicated by Washington Post Writers Group.

by Walt Handelsman/The Advocate (La. via Society of Professional Journalists 2017/)

Elsewhere, Walt Handelsman of the Advocate (La.) won the editorial cartooning prize for lower-circulation, nondaily or independent online publications. Handelsman is a two-time Pulitzer winner, having won in 2007 while at Newsday and in 1997 while at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans.

And Radio Free Asia won in the e-books category for “Drawing Fire: The Political Cartoons of Rebel Pepper,” which gathers about 50 editorial artworks from Chinese political cartoonist Wang Liming, who draws under the name “Rebel Pepper.”

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Clay Bennett wins OPC Nast Award for his cartoon takedowns of Trump and Russia


Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the Comic Riffs column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Washington Post's Book World.

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