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Steve Kelley Wins 2021 National Headliner Award

The 87th National Headliner Award winners honoring the best journalism in the United States in 2020 were announced today. The National Headliner Awards were founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City. The annual contest is one of the oldest and largest in the country that recognizes journalistic merit in the communications industry.

Steve Kelley of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette took home first place for Newspaper Editorial Cartoons.
Steve’s cartoons are distributed  by Creators Syndicate.

Editorial cartoons

First Place
Steve Kelley The Post-Gazette

Judges’ comments: Steve Kelley doesn’t play in cliches. His cartoons stood out for their originality, smarts and focus on the hilarious moments that were so very hard to find in 2020 – some on the national stage, and some in our own homes. His artistic hand is crisp and clear, and his messages go right to the gut — causing a laugh, a headshake or a glance at the calendar: Is it 2021 yet?


Clay Bennett and Mike Smith were also winners.

Second Place
Clay Bennett
Chattanooga Times Free Press

Third Place
Mike Smith
Las Vegas Sun – Greenspun Media Group


Another name familiar to cartoon and comic readers is Michael Cavna,
who won in the Online Blog category:

Second Place
“Humane Creativity: Art in the Time of Reckoning and a Pandemic”
Michael Cavna
The Washington Post



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