Examiner's Beeler wins international cartooning award 

The Washington Examiner's editorial cartoonist, Nate Beeler, received the prestigious Thomas Nast Award from the Overseas Press Club on Thursday, given for the nation's best cartoons on international affairs.

The award comes one year after Beeler was given the Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning by the National Press Foundation.

"We think Nate is the best editorial cartoonist in the country, and these two awards bear us out," said Stephen G. Smith, editor of the Washington Examiner. "Nate has a sharp pen and an even sharper wit, and his work gets better every week."

The contest judges said, "Nate Beeler's entries stood out for their powerful and vivid composition that brings the message home regardless of whether the cartoon centers on a conversation or a visual punch line. [He is] notable for his use of color and for meticulous artwork that, in the words of one of his editors, 'treats each cartoon like a painting.' "

Beeler, 30, began working at the Journal newspaper chain before it became the Washington Examiner in 2005. Thursday's was the third national award won by Beeler in recent years. In 2007, he took home the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists' Golden Spike Award.

The Washington Post and the New York Times each won two Overseas Press Club awards Thursday.

The Post reporting team of Bob Woodward, Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Karen DeYoung won for a series on the Obama administration's search for a new Afghanistan strategy. Post photographer Sarah L. Voisin won for images of Mexicans affected by drug wars.

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