By STAFF REPORT
Newsday’s Matt Davies was awarded the 2019 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning Thursday, becoming the first two-time recipient of the award.
Davies was awarded the first-ever Herblock Prize in 2004, followed by that year’s Pulitzer Prize. He won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism prize and in 2017 he received the National Headliner Award. Davies has been a runner up/finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 and 2016.
Named for the former Washington Post cartoonist, the $15,000 prize and silver trophy is awarded annually by The Herb Block Foundation for “distinguished examples of editorial cartooning that exemplify the courageous independent standard set by Herblock.”
Clay Jones of Fredericksburg is the Herblock finalist for 2019. A former editorial cartoonist for The Free Lance–Star who now syndicates his own work, Jones will receive a $5,000 after-tax cash prize.
The judges found his takes refreshingly unique, on point, and very funny.
“Clay doesn’t really need to sign his work—there is no mistaking a Clay Jones cartoon,” the judges wrote. “Working in large panels with colorful, stylized drawing, Jones creates cartoons full of visual details, gags and punch lines that point out the absurdities of the times we’re living through.”