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Steve Sack wins Pulitzer Prize

Steve Sack Pulitzer Prize winning cartoon

This year’s Pulitzer Prize winner is Steve Sack of the the Star Tribune, Minneapolis For his “diverse collection of cartoons, using an original style and clever ideas to drive home his unmistakable point of view”.

Steve was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for cartooning in 2004. He’s no stranger to national awards. He has also been the recipient of the Sigma Delta Chi Award (2003), National Headliner Award (2003), Scripps-National Journalism Award (2004) and the Berryman Award from the National Press Foundation (2006).

Finalists thus year are: Clay Bennett of the Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) and Jeff Darcy of The Plain Dealer (OH).

You can see the Steve’s winning portfolio over on

The jury for the editorial cartooning category this year included:

Bob Davis, editor, The Anniston (AL) Star (Chair)
Steve Breen, editorial cartoonist,
Froma Harrop, columnist, Creators Syndicate/The Providence Journal
Chris Lamb, professor of journalism, School of Journalism, Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis
Lincoln Millstein, senior vice president for digital media, Hearst Newspapers

Community Comments

#1 Mike Thompson
@ 1:18 pm

This is soooooooo well-deserved. Sack has been creating fantastic work for years!

Congrats to Clay and Jeff, too!

#2 Clay Jones
@ 2:03 pm

Very deserved. Congratulations, Steve!!!

#3 Brian Fairrington
@ 3:05 pm

The perfect choice…his cartoon are just great! Steve’s a great gut too! Looooooong overdue!

#4 Kelly McNutt
@ 3:39 pm

This is awesome. Consistently distinctive, pointed, wonderful to look at. Made my heart glad to hear.

#5 Joe Engesser
@ 8:40 pm

Keeps it real day in and day out. Congratulations, sir!

#6 Clay Bennett
@ 8:57 pm

Fantastic news, indeed! Steve is a terrific cartoonist and has long deserved this recognition!

#7 Jeff Darcy
@ 12:26 am

Congrats to Steve Sack!!! It’s honor to not only be in the
company of such great talent as Steve and Clay but everyone
one else plugging away day after day in this profession doing
solid and stellar work.

I thank the Pulitzer board for continuing to recognize the
importance and value of editorial cartooning profession
to journalism.

On a bitter sweet day, my thoughts are with all those in
Boston and all those who have given their lives to preserve
the liberty and freedom we have to do this work.

#8 Milt Priggee
@ 6:25 am

CONGRATS to all three who have been turning out top flight work for years…..well deserved! …..and kudos to the judges!!

#9 John Cole
@ 7:47 am

I’ve said for years that Steve should be awarded a Pulitzer for the simple reason that he hadn’t gotten one, yet. He’s been creating funny, incisive and well-crafted cartoons for so long that this is, frankly, long overdue. Congratulations, Steve!

Props also to the two fine finalists. The committee chose wisely.

#10 Ann Telnaes
@ 8:09 am

Yes, Steve’s work is excellent and very deserving. I agree that he should have won years ago. Congratulations, Steve!

#11 Nate Beeler
@ 11:27 am

Big congrats to Steve! His wit and beautiful artwork have long been inspirational. And yes, such a nice guy! Great choice by the Pulitzer judges. I was also happy to see Clay and Jeff get the well-deserved recognition of being finalists. Good on ya!

#12 Michael Pohrer
@ 10:42 am

Congrat’s Steve. Always fantastic caricature work. Dig the funnies from the drawing boards

#13 Nancy Gertner
@ 7:25 pm

Where’s the book? Steve Sack draws great cartoons, and they’re worth collecting to enjoy over and over. The 20 submitted with the nomination are a great review of the cartoon highlights of 2012!

#14 Frank M Hansen
@ 2:43 pm

Very well deserved indeed. Great body of work.

#15 Stacy Curtis
@ 10:48 pm

I’ve been out of town, so I’m a bit late jumping in, but CONGRATULATIONS STEVE!
As mentioned, this has been a long time coming.
And congrats to Clay and Jeff and the judges for having good taste.

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