I’m very pleased to announce that Mike Keefe, who is syndicated by Cagle Cartoons and is a long-time staffer for The Denver Post, is the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, the highest award any member of the media can win.
The Pulitzer judges said he was awarded the prize “for his widely ranging cartoons that employ a loose, expressive style to send strong, witty messages..”
Keefe is a two-time Fischetti Award winner, and has also won both the Sigma Delta Chi Award and the National Headliner Award. This is his first Pulitzer, although he was a Pulitzer juror in 1997 and 1998.
“I am gobsmacked,” Keefe told The Post. “In recent years, the Pulitzer has gone to much younger folks, who are newer in the business. I thought my day had passed.” (Here’s a pic of Keefe getting congratulated by his Editorial Page Editor upon hearing the news)