Herblock Prize

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Herblock Prize
Awarded foreditorial cartooning
VenueLibrary of Congress
CountryUnited States
Presented byThe Herb Block Foundation
Reward(s)$15,000 and trophy
First awarded2004
Last awarded2018

The Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning is an annual $15,000 after-tax cash prize, and a sterling silver Tiffany trophy.[1] Designed "to encourage editorial cartooning as an essential tool for preserving the rights of the American people through freedom of speech and the right of expression," it is named for the editorial cartoonist Herblock and sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation.

The rotating three-judge panel that determines the award-winner is typically composed of the previous year's winner, another editorial cartoonist, and a scholar of editorial cartooning. The award is typically presented some time between March and May of each year, at the Library of Congress.

Each award presentation is accompanied by a guest lecturer who discusses contemporary social issues "in the spirit of Herblock."[1] Previous Herblock Prize guest lecturers include Ben Bradlee, President Barack Obama, Sandra Day O’Connor, Tom Brokaw, Tim Russert, Ted Koppel, George Stevens, Jr., Jim Lehrer, Garry Trudeau, Gwen Ifill, and Bob Woodward.

Finalists for the award have been named since 2011; they receive a $5,000 after-tax prize.[1]


When Herb Block died in October 2001, he left $50 million with instructions to create a foundation to support charitable and educational programs that help promote and sustain the causes he championed during his 72 years of cartooning. The Herb Block Foundation is committed to defending the basic freedoms guaranteed all Americans, combating all forms of discrimination and prejudice, and improving the conditions of the poor and underprivileged through the creation or support of charitable and educational programs with the same goals. The Foundation is also committed to improving educational opportunities to deserving students through post-secondary education scholarships and to promoting editorial cartooning through continuing research. The Herb Block Foundation awarded its first grants and the annual Herblock Prize in editorial cartooning in 2004.[2]

In 2011, Ann Telnaes became the first female Herblock Prize finalist. In 2012, Matt Bors became the first alternative-weekly cartoonist to win the Herblock Prize.[3] in 2014, Jen Sorensen became the first female Herblock Prize award-winner.[4][5]

Award recipients[edit]

Year Winner Organization
2019 Matt Davies Newsday
2018 Ward Sutton The Boston Globe
2017 Ruben Bolling Tom the Dancing Bug
2016 Mark Fiore Self Syndicated
2015 Kevin Kallaugher (KAL) The Baltimore Sun & The Economist
2014 Jen Sorensen The Austin Chronicle
2013 Tom Tomorrow[6] This Modern World
2012 Matt Bors www.MattBors.com & CartoonMovement.com
2011 Tom Toles The Washington Post
2010 Matt Wuerker Politico
2009 Pat Bagley Salt Lake Tribune
2008 John Sherffius Camera of Boulder, Colorado
2007 Jim Morin[7] Miami Herald
2006 Jeff Danziger Rutland Herald in Rutland, Vt.
2005 Tony Auth[8] Philadelphia Inquirer
2004 Matt Davies[9] Journal News of Westchester County, N.Y.

Award finalists[edit]

Year Finalist Organization
2015 Mike Luckovich The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
2014 Clay Bennett The Chattanooga Times Free Press
2013 Jack Ohman The Sacramento Bee
2012 Jen Sorensen JenSorensen.com
2011 Ann Telnaes The Washington Post


  1. ^ a b c "Herblock Prize & Lecture," Herblock Foundation website. Accessed Sept. 7, 2015.
  2. ^ Pat Bagley Wins 2009 Herblock Prize Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine, February 18, 2009.
  3. ^ "2012 HERBLOCK PRIZE: Matt Bors becomes first alt-editorial cartoonist to win the $15K award". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ "Jen Sorensen, 2014 Herblock Prize Winner!" Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine Herb Block Foundation press release (March 4, 2014).
  5. ^ "THIS JUST IN: Jen Sorensen becomes first woman to win the Herblock Prize". Washington Post. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Dan Perkins, aka Tom Tomorrow, announced 2013 Herblock Prize Winner". The Herb Block Foundation. February 26, 2013. Archived from the original on March 1, 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-26.
  7. ^ "JIM MORIN RECEIVES 2007 HERBLOCK PRIZE," Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine The Herb Block Foundation press release (February 19, 2007).
  8. ^ William Yardley, "Tony Auth, Pulitzer-Winning Cartoonist, Dies at 72," New York Times, Sept. 15, 2014.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-03. Retrieved 2015-09-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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