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2019 AAEC
Annual Convention

September 26-29, 2019
Columbus, OH

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Clay Bennett
Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Clay Bennett

Born January 20, 1958 in Clinton, South Carolina. The son of a career army officer, he led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1976 from S. R. Butler High School in Huntsville, Alabama.

Served as editorial cartoonist for his college paper and managing editor of the alternative student newspaper while attending the University of North Alabama, where he graduated in 1980 with degrees in Art and History.

After working briefly as a staff artist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Fayetteville (NC) Times, Bennett went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007). He now draws five cartoons a week for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, having joined its staff in 2008.

Recipient of The Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 2002, Bennett has earned almost every honor his profession has to offer including the National Journalism Award (2002), the Robert F. Kennedy Award (2007), the United Nations/Ranan Lurie Award (2011), the Grambs Aronson Award (2013), the Berryman Award (2014) the John Fischetti Award (2001, 2005), the Sigma Delta Chi Award (2001, 2017), the Overseas Press Club Award (2005, 2007, 2017) and the National Headliner Award (1999, 2000, 2004, 2016).

Past President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, Bennett is the husband of artist Cindy Procious, and the father of Matt, Ben and Sarah. His work is distributed internationally by The Washington Post Writers Group.




Major Awards
National Press Foundation - Berryman Award, 2014
Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, 2007
Overseas Press Club - Thomas Nast Award, 2007
Fischetti Award, 2005
Overseas Press Club - Thomas Nast Award, 2005
National Headliner Award, 2004
Pulitzer Prize, 2002 - View Winning Cartoons
Scripps Howard - National Journalism Award, 2002
Sigma Delta Chi Award, 2001
Fischetti Award, 2001
National Headliner Award, 2000
National Headliner Award, 1999
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