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DAILY NEWS EDITORIAL CARTOONIST WINS PULITZER; SIGNE WILKINSON FIRST WOMAN TO WIN PULITZER FOR EDITORIAL CARTOONS

 DAILY NEWS EDITORIAL CARTOONIST WINS PULITZER; SIGNE WILKINSON FIRST WOMAN TO WIN PULITZER FOR EDITORIAL CARTOONS
 PHILADELPHIA, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Signe Wilkinson, editorial cartoonist with the Philadelphia Daily News, today has won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize in the Editorial Cartooning category, as announced by the Philadelphia Daily News.
 She is the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning since the category was established in 1922, 70 years ago. The Pulitzer Prize itself was established 76 years ago.
 Wilkinson's favorite topics are social issues -- focusing on women and children -- but her work reflects her wide ranging interests in modern American life. She has been commenting on the American scene through her editorial cartoons in the Daily News since 1985. Previously, her work appeared in the San Jose Mercury News, in California, and in the Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Times, Nation magazine, and Ms. magazine. In 1991, Wilkinson received the National Press Foundation's Berryman Award.
 "While I'm disappointed I can't make fun of the Pulitzer Prize for at least a day or two, I'm delighted to actually receive one. Here at the Daily News, I've had the opportunity to take some risks and the freedom to make statements about issues I feel are important to everyone's life," said Wilkinson.
 "Her work generates impassioned reactions -- both positive and negative. Signe's cartoons make people think, and that's what good newspapers are all about," said Richard Aregood, editor of the Philadelphia Daily News' editorial page. Aregood received the Philadelphia Daily News' first Pulitzer Prize in 1985 for editorial writing.
 In addition to her editorial cartoons, Wilkinson has illustrated several books, including "The California Connection" and "American Politics in a Changing World."
 Wilkinson is married to John Landau, an immigration law attorney. They have two children and reside in Chestnut Hill.
 The winners were announced today by Columbia University, which administers the Pulitzer competition. Each award carries a cash prize of $3,000.
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