Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers has won the Thomas Nast Award, given by the Overseas Press Club for excellence in cartooning on international affairs.
Mr. Rogers' entry included cartoons on Iran's nuclear ambitions, the civil war in Syria and the tweets of Pope Benedict XVI.
The judges said, "According to his editors, Rogers 'enrages' and 'infuriates' some readers in Pittsburgh. The OPC Committee presumes he delights many more with his deft application of humor to serious subjects from around the globe. He executes the cartoonist's mission: to inform, entertain and spark discussion on world events."
A cartoonist at The Pittsburgh Press from 1984 and then at the Post-Gazette beginning in 1993, Mr. Rogers has won many awards for his political drawings, including the 2000 Nast award. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1999.
The Nast award will be presented tonight in New York City at the 74th annual Overseas Press Club Awards.
Mr. Rogers' editorial cartoons appear six days a week in the Post-Gazette and are syndicated internationally by United Features Syndicate. He is the board president of the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh's museum of comic and cartoon art.
First Published April 24, 2013 4:00 AM