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'San Diego U-T' Editorial Cartoonist Wins Second Pulitzer

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'San Diego U-T' Editorial Cartoonist Wins Second Pulitzer

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Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune added a second Pulitzer to his collection today as he took the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.

Breen was bestowed the honor for "his agile use of a classic style to produce wide ranging cartoons that engage readers with power, clarity and humor," the Pulitzer committee stated.

"I think Steve is being recognized because, in addition to being a great cartoonist, he frequently tackles issues that no one else is even considering," said Rick Newcombe, founder, president and CEO of Creators Syndicate, which syndicates Breen's cartoons. "His cartoons are always unique."

A Los Angeles native, Breen was attending the University of California at Riverside when he started drawing editorial cartoons for his school paper, The Highlander. In 1991, he won the Scripps Howard Charles M. Schulz Award as America's top college cartoonist, and also received the John Locher award for Outstanding College Editorial Cartoonist.

Breen was set to become a high school history teacher when the Asbury Park Press in Neptune, N.J., asked him to join its art department in July 1994. He became its full-time editorial cartoonist in 1996, and two years later won his first Pulitzer for editorial cartooning for a portfolio that included cartoons on the Clinton administration's campaign finance scandal, human cloning, O.J. Simpson and Princess Diana.

In July 2001, Breen returned to his home state to join The San Diego Union-Tribune. …

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