Clay Bennett

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When Pulitzer Prize-winner Clay Bennett became the editorial cartoonist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press on January 1st, 2008, he also joined The Washington Post Writers Group. "When we heard Clay might be available, we jumped at the chance to be his syndicate," said Amy Lago, the Writers Group's comics editor. "He's one of the most inventive, creative and thoughtful editorial cartoonists out there." Editorial Director Alan Shearer agreed that there was no hesitation, despite industry forces that are depleting the ranks of cartoonists and reducing the space for their work. "I've heard people in our business say editorial cartooning is in decline as newspapers slash and burn, and they are right to a degree," he said. "But creatively, cartooning is as strong as ever, and Clay is one of the brightest lights. His work will be a strong presence in the marketplace. And I'm pleased that we're adding yet another Pulitzer Prize winner to our roster." PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE - Editorial cartoonist at The Christian Science Monitor - Editorial cartoonist at the St. Petersburg, (Fla.) Times - Editorial cartoonist at The Monitor PERSONAL Bennett is married to portrait artist, illustrator and cartoonist Cindy Procious, and they have three children, Matt, Ben and Sarah. AWARDS 2002 Pulitzer Prize Six-time Pulitzer Finalist 2007 Thomas Nast Award from the Overseas Press Club of America Numerous other awards such as: Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition Overseas Press Club's Thomas Nast Award National Headliner Award Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award National Journalism Awardfrom the Scripps Howard Foundation National Cartoonists Society Division Award for Best Editorial Cartoons 2001 named Editorial Cartoonist of the Year by Editor & Publisher magazine

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