Editorial cartoonist Steve Breen of the The San Diego Union-Tribune has been named the winner of the 2010 John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition. This annual competition, created by Columbia College Chicago in 1980, is in honor of the legendary editorial political cartoonist John Fischetti.
Breen has been the editorial cartoonist for The San Diego Union-Tribune since 2001. His work is nationally syndicated by Creators News Service and regularly appears in USA Today, The New York Times and Newsweek.
His entry for the Fischetti Award captures the backlash of Iran’s government trying unsuccessfully to squash Internet communications documenting public uprisings last year. The cartoon features an image of the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with the Twitter bird mascot perched atop his head, soiling his turban.
“Over 150 cartoons were submitted for Fischetti 2010. With such a large slate of entries, I was worried that the judging panel would have difficulty picking one winner,” said award program coordinator Dan Sinker, assistant professor of Journalism at Columbia College. “Steve’s cartoon emerged as an early favorite and voting was swift and decisive. Clearly the best cartoon won.”
This year’s winner isn’t a stranger to receiving awards for his work. Breen is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, in 1998 and 2009. He is also the recipient of the 2007 Berryman Award for editorial cartooning given by the National Press Foundation, the 2009 Thomas Nast Award given by The Overseas Press Club and the 2009 National Headliner Award from The Press Club of Atlantic City.