Born January 20, 1958 in Clinton, South Carolina. The son of a career army officer, he led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1976 from S. R. Butler High School in Huntsville, Alabama.
Served as editorial cartoonist for his college paper and managing editor of the alternative student newspaper while attending the University of North Alabama, where he graduated in 1980 with degrees in Art and History.
After working briefly as a staff artist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Fayetteville (NC) Times, Bennett went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007). He now draws five cartoons a week for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, having joined its staff in 2007.
Recipient of The Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 2002, Bennett has earned almost every honor his profession has to offer including the Sigma Delta Chi Award (2001, 2017), the National Journalism Award (2002), the Robert F. Kennedy Award (2007), the United Nations/Ranan Lurie Award (2011), the Grambs Aronson Award (2013), the Berryman Award (2014) the John Fischetti Award (2001, 2005), the Overseas Press Club Award (2005, 2007, 2017) and the National Headliner Award (1999, 2000, 2004, 2016).
Past President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, Bennett is the husband of artist Cindy Procious, and the father of Matt, Ben and Sarah. His work is distributed internationally by The Washington Post Writers Group.