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Bee cartoonist Rex Babin posthumously honored for work

Rex Babin, former editorial cartoonist for The Sacramento Bee, works in his Bee office in 2003.
Rex Babin, former editorial cartoonist for The Sacramento Bee, works in his Bee office in 2003. Sacramento Bee file

Rex Babin, the late editorial cartoonist for The Sacramento Bee, has been honored with the Mark Twain Award for Journalistic Excellence.

Babin’s family was presented with the award from the California Press Foundation during the annual winter meeting of the group earlier this month in San Francisco.

Babin, 49, died in March 2012 after a 15-month struggle with cancer.

The annual award honors writers and cartoonists whose work challenges the status quo. The Press Foundation noted that Babin skewered presidents, governors and legislators in his cartoons from 1999 to 2012.

Babin, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2003, served as president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists in 2009.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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