The daily work work of editorial “harpoonist” Steve Benson takes have been categorized as ink-bottle grenades, drawing beads on rascals in high places, as well as drawing fire. Indeed, Steve’s work proves the observation of his editor, “A picture is worth a thousand phone calls.”
A regular cause of morning upset and/or delight around the country’s breakfast tables for 20 years, Steve Benson's cartoons are nationally distributed, and have also appeared in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, the New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as on CNN, MSNBC, ABC’s Nightline, CBS’s 60 Minutes and PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Report -- not to mention in millions of readers’ wastebaskets.
Following a cartoon barb at then Phoenix mayor Paul Johnson, the city leader wrote to Steve: “Your editorial cartoon was rude, crude, outrageous, inaccurate and poorly drawn. Could I have it for my office?”
In 1993, Steve won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Prior to winning that award, he held the distinction of being the contest’s most nominated loser.
His cartoons have also earned a National Headliner Award, an Overseas Press Club Citation for Excellence, a Rocky Mountain Emmy, a place in Who’s Who in the West, and several Best of the West and Arizona Press Club Awards.
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