Stephen Paul Breen graduated from Huntington Beach High School in 1988 and attended the University of California, Riverside, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. In 1991, Steve won the Scripps Howard Charles M. Schulz Award as the top college cartoonist and the John Locher award for Outstanding College Editorial Cartoonist. He was influenced by cartoonists such as Jeff MacNelly, Paul Conrad, Pat Oliphant and Don Wright. Today his editorial cartoons are nationally syndicated and regularly appear in The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek and US News and World Report. He twice won the Pulitzer Prize, in 1998 and 2009.