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A Pulitzer Recipient Switches to United; Editorial Cartoonist Steve Benson Makes the Move Less Than a Year after Winning Journalism's Top Prize

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

A Pulitzer Recipient Switches to United; Editorial Cartoonist Steve Benson Makes the Move Less Than a Year after Winning Journalism's Top Prize

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IT HAS BEEN an eventful 11 months for Steve Benson. He won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartoonlag in April, turned 40 in January and switched syndicates this week.

Benson joined United Feature Syndicate March 1 after a decade with Tribune Media Services.

The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, staffer said he was "very attracted to United's vision of the future and their commitment to their talent."

Benson added that he is looking forward to being represented by the same company that syndicates such editorial cartoonists as Henry Payne, Rob Rogers, Bill Schorr and Dick Wright as well as the creator of "Peanuts."'

"Maybe Charles Schultz will insert one of my panels in his comic strip every other week," he said, jokingly.

Benson said John Matthews, a former TMS executive who now is Western regional sales manager at United, asked him about joining the E.W. Scripps-owned syndicate a number of months ago. The cartoonist told Matthews he would consider it when his TMS contract expired this year.

"John and I go back a long way," Benson said. "He was working at TMS when I came on in 1984. We developed a very close relationship."

The Republic staffer added that he also is looking forward to working with other United executives, including president/CEO Douglas Stern, vice president/executive editor Diana Loevy, vice president/sales manager Lisa Klem Wilson and promotion manager Mary Anne Grimes.

Benson did emphasize that he was happy with TMS during his time there. …

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