In the footsteps of Herblock


The journalism world may be in a bit of disarray, but we can still hand out accolades. Matt Wuerker of Politico took the first of this season’s cartooning awards, the Herblock Prize, named for the late Washington Post legend. Wuerker, who has freelanced for this paper over the years, credits former Times great Paul Conrad (a formidable contemporary of Herblock, still cranking out cartoons) for encouraging him as a high schooler in Palos Verdes. Local boy makes fun! You can see a complete slide show of his winning cartoons, all from 2009, at Huzzah! Attaboy! Speech balloon!

-- Joel Pett

Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky. His work also appears in USA Today.