published Friday, July 8th, 2011

Editorial cartoonist Bennett at First Amendment Dinner

Clay Bennett, editorial cartoonist at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, will be the guest speaker at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for the fifth annual First Amendment Dinner at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace.

In addition to winning the Pultizer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 2002, Bennett has earned nearly every honor his profession has to offer including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Sigma Delta Chi Award, the National Journalism Award, the John Fischetti Award, the Overseas Press Club Award and the National Headliner Award. He is a past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.

“The First Amendment Dinner, which began in 2006 as a tribute to our country’s military veterans, continues to offer insight about our most valuable rights and how they are manifested in today’s world,” said Michael Dzik, executive director of the Jewish Federation.

Cost for the event is $10 for nonveterans and free for veterans if reserved by Monday. After Monday, the cost is $12 for all.

To make a reservation, contact Ann Treadwell, 493-0270, ext. 13, or atreadwell@jewishchatta nooga.com.

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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