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Posted at 3:19 PM ET, 04/12/2010

2010 PULITZERS: SFGate's Mark Fiore wins cartooning's award

By Michael Cavna

The question had only grown in intensity in recent years: When would a cartoonist win a Pulitzer for what was entirely an entry of animation?

Well, the wait is over.

The answer to the trivia question will be: Mark Fiore. And for self-syndicated cartoons, no less -- a rarity.

The Pulitzer Prizes announced this afternoon that Fiore, who draws political animations for -- the San Francisco Chronicle's Web site -- has won this year's award for distinguished Editorial Cartooning.

The jurors said that Fiore's "biting wit, extensive research and ability to distill complex issues set a high standard for an emerging form of commentary."

Fiore's prior awards include the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award (2004) and the Online Journalism Award for commentary from the Online News Association (2002 and again in 2008). Fiore, whose artwork has appeared in The Washington Post, also won two National Cartoonists Society awards for his new-media work.

Fiore, who graduated from Colorado College in 1991, has drawn for the San Francisco Chronicle for a decade.

The finalists for the award were Tony Auth, the Philadelphia Inquirer cartoonist who first won a Pulitzer decades ago; and Politico's Matt Wuerker, who on Thursday will accept the Herblock Prize.


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By Michael Cavna  | April 12, 2010; 3:19 PM ET
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Animation, Cartoon, Editorial Cartooning, Mark Fiore, Matt Wuerker, National Enquirer, Politics, Pulitzer Prize, Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, The Pulitzers, Tony Auth, United States  
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