Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning

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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 Kirby, RollinRollin Kirby New York World "For 'On the Road to Moscow.'"
1923 No award given.
1924 Darling, Jay NorwoodJay Norwood Darling Des Moines Register & Tribune "For 'In Good Old USA.'"
1925 Kirby, RollinRollin Kirby New York World "For 'News from the Outside World.'"
1926 Fitzpatrick, D. R.D. R. Fitzpatrick St. Louis Post-Dispatch "For 'The Laws of Moses and the Laws of Today.'"
1927 Harding, NelsonNelson Harding Brooklyn Daily Eagle "For 'Toppling the Idol.'"
1928 Harding, NelsonNelson Harding Brooklyn Daily Eagle "For 'May His Shadow Never Grow Less.'"
1929 Kirby, RollinRollin Kirby New York World "For 'Tammany.'"
1930 Macauley, Charles R.Charles R. Macauley Brooklyn Daily Eagle "For 'Paying for a Dead Horse.'"
1931 Duffy, EdmundEdmund Duffy The Baltimore Sun "For 'An Old Struggle Still Going On.'"
1932 McCutcheon, John T.John T. McCutcheon Chicago Tribune "For 'A Wise Economist Asks a Question.'"
1933 Talburt, H. M.H. M. Talburt The Washington Daily News "For 'The Light of Asia.'"
1934 Duffy, EdmundEdmund Duffy The Baltimore Sun "For 'California Points with Pride!'"
1935 Lewis, Ross A.Ross A. Lewis Milwaukee Journal "For 'Sure, I'll Work for Both Sides.'"
1936 No award given.
1937 Batchelor, C. D.C. D. Batchelor New York Daily News "For 'Come on in, I'll treat you right. I used to know your Daddy.'"
1938 Shoemaker, VaughnVaughn Shoemaker Chicago Daily News "For 'The Road Back.'"
1939 Werner, Charles G.Charles G. Werner Daily Oklahoman "For 'Nomination for 1938.'"
1940 Duffy, EdmundEdmund Duffy The Baltimore Sun "For 'The Outstretched Hand.'"
1941 Burck, JacobJacob Burck Chicago Times "For 'If I Should Die Before I Wake.'"
1942 Block, Herbert LawrenceHerbert Lawrence Block Newspaper Enterprise Association "For 'British Plane.'"
1943 Darling, Jay NorwoodJay Norwood Darling Des Moines Register & Tribune "For 'What a Place For a Waste Paper Salvage Campaign.'"
1944 Berryman, Clifford K.Clifford K. Berryman The Evening Star "For 'Where Is the Boat Going?.'"
1945 Mauldin, BillSergeant 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 Russell, Bruce AlexanderBruce Alexander Russell Los Angeles Times "For 'Time to Bridge That Gulch.'"
1947 Shoemaker, VaughnVaughn Shoemaker Chicago Daily News "For his cartoon, 'Still Racing His Shadow.'"
1948 Goldberg, Reuben L.Reuben L. Goldberg New York Sun "For 'Peace Today.'"
1949 Pease, LuteLute Pease Newark Evening News "For 'Who Me?'"
1950 Berryman, James T.James T. Berryman The Evening Star "For 'All Set for a Super-Secret Session in Washington.'"
1951 Manning, Reg (Reginald W.)Reg (Reginald W.) Manning Arizona Republic "For 'Hats.'"
1952 Packer, Fred L.Fred L. Packer New York Mirror "For 'Your Editors Ought to Have More Sense Than to Print What I Say!'"
1953 Kuekes, Edward D.Edward D. Kuekes Cleveland Plain Dealer "For 'Aftermath.'"
1954 Block (Herblock), Herbert L.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 Fitzpatrick, Daniel R.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 York, RobertRobert York Louisville Times "For his cartoon, 'Achilles' showing a bulging figure of American prosperity tapering to a weak heel labeled 'Farm Prices.'"
1957 Little, TomTom Little The Nashville Tennessean "For 'Wonder Why My Parents Didn't Give Me Salk Shots?' Published on January 12, 1956."
1958 Shanks, Bruce M.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 Maudlin, William H. (Bill)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 Orr, CareyCarey Orr Chicago Tribune "For 'The Kindly Tiger,' published on October 8, 1960."
1962 Valtman, Edmund S.Edmund S. Valtman The Hartford Times "For 'What You Need, Man, Is a Revolution Like Mine,' published on August 31, 1961."
1963 Miller, FrankFrank 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 Conrad, PaulPaul Conrad The Denver Post "For his editorial cartooning during the past year"
1965 No award given.
1966 Wright, DonDon Wright The Miami News "For 'You Mean You Were Bluffing?'"
1967 Oliphant, Patrick B.Patrick B. Oliphant The Denver Post "For 'They Won't Get Us To The Conference Table...Will They?' Published February 1, 1966."
1968 Payne, Eugene GrayEugene Gray Payne The Charlotte Observer "For his editorial cartooning in 1967."
1969 Fischetti, JohnJohn Fischetti Chicago Daily News "For his editorial cartooning in 1968."
1970 Darcy, Thomas F.Thomas F. Darcy Newsday "For his editorial cartooning during 1969."
1971 Conrad, PaulPaul Conrad Los Angeles Times "For his editorial cartooning during 1970."
1972 MacNelly, Jeffrey K.Jeffrey K. MacNelly Richmond News-Leader "For his editorial cartooning during 1971."
1973 No award given.
1974 Szep, PaulPaul Szep The Boston Globe "For his editorial cartooning during 1973."
1975 Trudeau, GarryGarry Trudeau Universal Press Syndicate "For his cartoon strip Doonesbury."
1976 Auth, TonyTony Auth The Philadelphia Inquirer "For 'O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain,' published on July 22, 1975."
1977 Szep, PaulPaul Szep The Boston Globe
1978 MacNelly, Jeffrey K.Jeffrey K. MacNelly Richmond News Leader
1979 Block, Herbert L.Herbert L. Block The Washington Post "For the body of his work."
1980 Wright, DonDon Wright The Miami News
1981 Peters, MikeMike Peters Dayton Daily News
1982 Sargent, BenBen Sargent Austin American-Statesman
1983 Locher, RichardRichard Locher Chicago Tribune
1984 Conrad, PaulPaul Conrad Los Angeles Times
1985 MacNelly, JeffJeff MacNelly Chicago Tribune
1986 Feiffer, JulesJules Feiffer The Village Voice
1987 Breathed, BerkBerk Breathed The Washington Post Writers Group
1988 Marlette, DougDoug Marlette The Atlanta Constitution and Charlotte Observer
1989 Higgins, JackJack Higgins Chicago Sun-Times
1990 Toles, TomTom Toles The Buffalo News "For his work during the year as exemplified by the cartoon 'First Amendment.'"
1991 Borgman, JimJim Borgman The Cincinnati Enquirer
1992 Wilkinson, SigneSigne Wilkinson The Philadelphia Daily News
1993 Benson, Stephen R.Stephen R. Benson The Arizona Republic
1994 Ramirez, Michael P.Michael P. Ramirez Commercial Appeal "For his trenchant cartoons on contemporary issues."
1995 Luckovich, MikeMike Luckovich The Atlanta Constitution
1996 Morin, JimJim Morin The Miami Herald
1997 Handelsman, WaltWalt Handelsman Times-Picayune
1998 Breen, Stephen P.Stephen P. Breen Asbury Park Press
1999 Horsey, DavidDavid Horsey The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
2000 Pett, JoelJoel Pett Lexington Herald-Leader
2001 Telnaes, AnnAnn Telnaes Los Angeles Times Syndicate
2002 Bennett, ClayClay Bennett The Christian Science Monitor
2003 Horsey, DavidDavid Horsey The Seattle Post-Intelligencer "For his perceptive cartoons executed with a distinctive style and sense of humor."
2004 Davies, MattMatt Davies The Journal News "For his piercing cartoons on an array of topics, drawn with a fresh, original style."
2005 Anderson, NickNick Anderson The Courier-Journal "For his unusual graphic style that produced extraordinarily thoughtful and powerful messages."
2006 Luckovich, MikeMike Luckovich The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "For his powerful cartoons on an array of issues, drawn with a simple but piercing style."
2007 Handelsman, WaltWalt Handelsman Newsday "For his stark, sophisticated cartoons and his impressive use of zany animation."
2008 Ramirez, MichaelMichael Ramirez Investor's Business Daily "For his provocative cartoons that rely on originality, humor and detailed artistry."
2009 Breen, SteveSteve 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 Fiore, MarkMark 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 Keefe, MikeMike Keefe The Denver Post "For his widely ranging cartoons that employ a loose, expressive style to send strong, witty messages."
2012 Wuerker, MattMatt Wuerker Politico "For his consistently fresh, funny cartoons, especially memorable for lampooning the partisan conflict that engulfed Washington."
2013 Sack, SteveSteve 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 Siers, KevinKevin Siers The Charlotte Observer "For his thought provoking cartoons drawn with a sharp wit and bold artistic style."
2015 Zyglis, AdamAdam Zyglis The Buffalo News "Who used strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in a few words."
2016 Ohman, JackJack 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 Morin, JimJim Morin Miami Herald "For editorial cartoons that delivered sharp perspectives through flawless artistry, biting prose and crisp wit."

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
Kirby, RollinRollin Kirby 3 1922, 1925, 1929
Duffy, EdmundEdmund Duffy 3 1931, 1934, 1940
Block, Herbert L.Herbert L. Block 3 1942, 1954, 1979
Conrad, PaulPaul Conrad 3 1964, 1971, 1984
MacNelly, JeffJeff 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:

  • Heinz-Dietrich Fischer (2012). Political Caricatures on Global Issues: Pulitzer Prize Winning Editorial Cartoons. LIT Verlag Münster. pp. 5–. ISBN 9783643902221. 
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