- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A graphic designer for The Washington Times has won the Scripps Howard Foundation’s 2009 National Journalism Award for editorial cartooning.

Alexander Hunter won the award for his cartoon page, “Hunter’s Big Picture,” which appeared on the back of the Commentary section every Sunday last year. In announcing Mr. Hunter’s award, the foundation said “his well-researched satire … merged sequential art with editorial cartoons.”

“My target was somewhere deeper and higher than left and right, and this recognition tells me my aim this year must not have been too bad,” Mr. Hunter said.

“Winning this award gives me confirmation that the content of ‘Hunter’s Big Picture’ was able to touch a core of reasonableness shared by a variety of people. It also means they found my cartoons to be very funny, which puzzles me because drawing the things often drove me to tears,” said Mr. Hunter, who has worked at The Times since its inception in 1982.

The foundation will present trophies and cash awards in 17 categories, including Mr. Hunter’s, during a ceremony on April 23 in Tampa, Fla.

“These awards not only recognize outstanding talent, skill and intellect, but reward dedication to serving our country and communities with journalism that changes lives and protects democracy,” Mike Philipps, the foundation’s president, said in a written statement.

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