Scripps Howard Foundation has tapped Michael Ramirez as the best editorial cartoonist for 2006. He gets $10,000 and a trophy. Runners up are Mike Luckovich (who won this years Headliner’s award) and Kevin Kallagher (KAL). Interesting that two of the three best cartoonists this year were let go from their papers.
Ramirez? work reflects his philosophy that an editorial cartoon is not just a funny picture, it?s a fine instrument of journalism that has a point, tells a story, and defines an issue. His cartoons are sharply defined and intelligent. From a wealth of material — three Supreme Court nominations, Hurricane Katrina, lung cancer deaths, hunger, brinkmanship and scandal — Ramirez produced poignant cartoons that have a message. Finalists: Mike Luckovich, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Kevin Kallaugher, The Baltimore Sun.