Clay Bennett, editorial cartoonist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, was honored with a national award.

Bennett received the Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning. He also won the award in 2002 and 2018.

The Sigma Delta Chi awards are awarded by the Society of Professional Journalism and recognize exceptional professional journalism produced in 2019.

Bennett was honored for an entry of five cartoons:

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Bennett's work is published on the Chattanooga Times editorial page.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press is unique in that the paper has two editorial pages, the liberal Times page and the conservative Free Press page, which honor the legacies of the predecessor papers that merged in 1999 to form the current newspaper.

Over his career, Bennett also has received the Pulitzer Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the National Headliner Award, and he has been named Editorial Cartoonist of the Year by Editor & Publisher magazine.

His work is syndicated internationally in about 100 newspapers through the Washington Post Writers Group.