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November 30, 2010

Editorial Cartoonist Drew Sheneman Accepts Buyout From The Star-Ledger


Rob Tornoe has a fine interview up with Drew Sheneman, the still very young editorial cartoonist of at the The Star-Ledger on the occasion of his taking a buyout of his staffed editorial cartooning position. The 35-year-old New Jersey native has been winning awards since college, where he was practically endorsed in 1996 as a future full-time staffer by the Scripps Howard Foundation when they gave him its Charles Schulz Award. It is precisely because he can't see himself retiring in such a position that he took the buyout now, Sheneman told Tornoe.

When Sheneman was hired by The Start Ledger in 1998 following a pair of brief internships elsewhere, he became the youngest full-time editorial cartoonist working in newspapers. His work has appeared in top-flight publications including the New York Times and the Washington Post. He won the 2004 Vic Canone Editorial Cartoon Award from the NYC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) for a cartoon on the impending Iraq War called "Cowboy." Sheneman also won the 1995 John Locher Memorial Award, which is the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists' college award.

Sheneman talks very sweetly about being a part of the newsroom in his Tornoe interview, noting the excitement of being part of a newspaper's fury when it's pursuing a story and the celebration when a story is later recognized.

He is syndicated by Tribune Media Services, work that plans to continue.
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