National Press Club

Herblock winner's cartoons displayed at the Club

April 30, 2014 | By Thomas Burr | thomaswburr@gmail.com

Myron Belkind, president of the National Press Club, poses with this year’s Herblock Award winner Jen Sorensen in front of her cartoons now hanging in the NPC’s Reliable Source.

Myron Belkind, president of the National Press Club, poses with this year’s Herblock Award winner Jen Sorensen in front of her cartoons now hanging in the NPC’s Reliable Source.

Photo/Image: Thomas Burr

Four new cartoons – from Herblock Award winner Jen Sorensen – are now on display at the National Press Club's Reliable Source to highlight the wall devoted to a hallmark of journalism, editorial cartooning and its impact on the public discourse.

Sorensen, a freelance cartoonist whose sharp take on the political and social scene earned her the annual award named for longtime Washington Post cartoonist Herb Block, joined Press Club President Myron Belkind and others for lunch April 30 at the Club to view the new display. Sorensen, of Austin, Texas, said she was excited to have
her work shown at the Club.

Sorensen accepted the Herblock award earlier at the Library of Congress, saying it was the “highlight of my career.”

The Washington Post featured Sorensen in a story April 29 noting she was the first female cartoonist to earn the award in its 11-year history.

“Even for a cartoonist, Jen Sorensen has an uncommon gift for tapping into the signs of the times,” wrote The Post's Michael Cavna. “Peer closely at the billboards and marquees and posters in a Sorensen work — the grace notes beyond the word balloons — and you see and hear signage forged with the precision of an irony-worker.”

Sorensen's cartoons will remain in the Reliable Source for a year until the next winner of the award is announced.