Winning the Sigma Delta Chi Awards

On June 21, 2019, my wife and I went to the National Press Club to accept the Sigma Delta Chi Awards for editorial cartoons for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. We both had a great time. We spent most of the time hanging out with Rob Rogers, the Sigma Delta Chi Award winner for newspapers over 100,000 readers circulation. He shared with us his experiences from last year in his previous newspaper, where he lost his job for continuing to create cartoons criticizing Trump. He talked about his life since he left the newspaper.

At our table we met a lady who told a story about her take on the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. Next to Lisa and I were radio journalist Scott Burrell and his wife from Boston. He had won for a journalistic piece about a man who was wrongfully jailed for 38 years and his attempt to rebuild a life.

As we attended the awards dinner and heard about the various people who won the awards, I was inspired to try to live up to the award that I won. Journalists are doing important work to keep those in power accountable.

On Saturday, June 23, Lisa and I went to the Newseum to attend a talk by editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers. Rob talked about the history of editorial cartoons and his own experience as editorial cartoonist at his former newspaper. Last year, Rob was fired from the newspaper because he refused to stop criticizing President Trump’s policies. Right now Rogers is a freelance cartoonist who is syndicated nationwide.

After the talk, we took a brief tour of the Newseum and explored Washington D.C. We were both impressed by the museum’s championing of the journalist profession and its defense of a free press. Around the world, journalists are being harassed, jailed and killed for trying to report the truth about authoritarian governments, religious extremists and the worst of human nature. I was especially moved by a section that was a memorial to journalists killed in the year 2008.

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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2 Responses to Winning the Sigma Delta Chi Awards

  1. Diane Wahto says:

    Congratulation, Angelo. I know the honor is well deserved. Sorry to take so long to respond. I’m trying to finish a manuscrtpt and that has taken every moment of my life.

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