Post-Gazette cartoonist getting Thomas Nast Award

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s editorial cartoonist has been named the winner of the Thomas Nast Award for his work on cartoons depicting international affairs.

The Overseas Press Club was scheduled to honor Rob Rogers with the award Thursday night in New York City at the group’s 74th annual awards ceremony.

Among the cartoons being honored are those lampooning or commenting on Iran’s nuclear boasts, the Syrian civil war and Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to become the first pontiff to embrace Twitter.

Rogers was hired by The Pittsburgh Press in 1984 and has worked at the Post-Gazette since 1993.

Rogers was also the 2000 winner of the Nast award named for the muckraking 19th century cartoonist credited with popularizing the political cartoon in America.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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