|Awarded for||editorial cartooning|
|Venue||Library of Congress|
|Presented by||The Herb Block Foundation|
|Reward(s)||$15,000 and trophy|
The Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning is an annual $15,000 after-tax cash prize, and a sterling silver Tiffany trophy. 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 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." 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.
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.
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. in 2014, Jen Sorensen became the first female Herblock Prize award-winner.
|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||This Modern World|
|2012||Matt Bors||www.MattBors.com & CartoonMovement.com|
|2011||Tom Toles||The Washington Post|
|2009||Pat Bagley||Salt Lake Tribune|
|2008||John Sherffius||Camera of Boulder, Colorado|
|2007||Jim Morin||Miami Herald|
|2006||Jeff Danziger||Rutland Herald in Rutland, Vt.|
|2005||Tony Auth||Philadelphia Inquirer|
|2004||Matt Davies||Journal News of Westchester County, N.Y.|
|2015||Mike Luckovich||The Atlanta Journal-Constitution|
|2014||Clay Bennett||The Chattanooga Times Free Press|
|2013||Jack Ohman||The Sacramento Bee|
|2011||Ann Telnaes||The Washington Post|
- "Herblock Prize & Lecture," Herblock Foundation website. Accessed Sept. 7, 2015.
- Pat Bagley Wins 2009 Herblock Prize, February 18, 2009.
- "2012 HERBLOCK PRIZE: Matt Bors becomes first alt-editorial cartoonist to win the $15K award". The Washington Post.
- "Jen Sorensen, 2014 Herblock Prize Winner!" Herb Block Foundation press release (March 4, 2014).
- "THIS JUST IN: Jen Sorensen becomes first woman to win the Herblock Prize". Washington Post. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
- "Dan Perkins, aka Tom Tomorrow, announced 2013 Herblock Prize Winner". The Herb Block Foundation. February 26, 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-26.
- "JIM MORIN RECEIVES 2007 HERBLOCK PRIZE," The Herb Block Foundation press release (February 19, 2007).
- William Yardley, "Tony Auth, Pulitzer-Winning Cartoonist, Dies at 72," New York Times, Sept. 15, 2014.