Washington Post editorial cartoonist (and past AAEC President) Ann Telnaes was selected as a finalist for this year’s Pulitzer Prize in the newly renamed “Illustrated Reporting and Commentary” category. The judges cited her portfolio for its “succinct and layered cartoons covering a wide range of social and political topics with immediacy and impact.”
This is the first time Ann has been named a finalist since winning the Prize in 2001, and is still only the second woman to win the award in the century since the Pulitzers created the Editorial Cartooning category in 1922. New Yorker cartoonist Zoe Si was also named a finalist for her cartoons that “capture political realities and daily life during the pandemic, inviting reflection and empathy.”
For 2022, the Pulitzer Committee selected a team of artists, writers and editors from Insider.com for their illustrated article “How I escaped a Chinese internment camp,” including cartoonists Fahmida Azim and Josh Adams, son of the late comic book artist Neal Adams. Congratulations all!
The Pulitzer Board quietly retconned the Editorial Cartooning category after the 2021 debacle when the Committee refused to pick a winner from the list of finalists, and a year after they changed the parameters of the award to include illustrators and graphic novels.