National Press Foundation jurors ascribed all those attributes to the editorial work of Clay Bennett, who has won the organization’s 2014 Clifford K. & James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons.
“The Berryman Award is such a terrific honor,” Bennett, of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, tells The Post’s Comic Riffs over the weekend. “I’m just thrilled that the National Press Foundation considers my work to be worthy of their recognition.”
Bennett, the 2002 Pulitzer winner for Editorial Cartooning and a seven-time Prize finalist, wants to ensure that some of that limelight shines on his editors, too.
“A share of this should go to the great bosses I have here at the Chattanooga Times Free Press,” Bennett tells Comic Riffs. “The freedom they give me is unbelievable, and their support of my work has always been unwavering.
“An editorial cartoonist couldn’t ask for better gig.”
Bennett will be presented with the Berryman Award — named for the ol’ Washington Star father-and-son political-cartooning team — on Feb. 18 at the foundation’s gala/dinner ceremony in Washington.