Kelley -- of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans and Creators Syndicate -- will receive $10,000 and a trophy for "his ability to weave words and imagery and for his use of irony to satirize some of the year's headlines, such as the war in Iraq, dog fighting, and alleged steroid use by Major League Baseball players."
Finalists were Mike Lester of the Rome (Ga.) News-Tribune and Cagle Cartoons, and Michael Ramirez of Investor's Business Daily and Copley News Service. Ramirez won the Fischetti editorial cartooning prize earlier this week.
Meanwhile, William Warren of Wake Forest University won the Scripps contest's Charles M. Schulz Award for his "Lummox" comic strip. Warren also received the Association of American Editorial Cartoonist's John Locher Memorial Award in 2006.
For other Scripps winners announced today, click through this E&P story.
Kelley is one of four people featured in a March E&P magazine story about syndicated creators who also do stand-up comedy.