Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to a pair of excellent visual journalists…


Brian Root is assistant sports editor of the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. A 1990 graduate of Washington & Lee University, Brian served as managing editor of the Bulletin of Martinsville, Va., before moving to the Newport News Daily Press in 2003. He jumped across the James River to the Pilot three years later, serving as team leader for reporters until switching to sports in 2012. Find his Twitter feed here.


Lindsey Turner is creative director for the Gannett Design Studio in Nashville, Tenn. A 2004 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Lindsey interned at the Birmingham News. She spent spent seven years at the Memphis Commercial Appeal as a designer, copy editor, blogger and assistant art director. She moved to the Gannett hub in Nashville in 2012, where she led the team that designed papers in Mississippi, Alabama and Virginia. She was promoted to creative director in 2014. In addition, Lindsey sells what she calls “salty and Southern-fried pretties” — greeting cards, note cards, gift tags, wall prints and so on — via her Etsy store. Find Lindsey’s portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.

Lindsey and Brian share a birthday with actors Sissy Spacek, Gary Sandy and Humphrey DeForest Bogart; musicians Cabell “Cab” Calloway III, James William “Jimmy” Buffett, Barbara Ann Mandrell, Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan (of the Pogues), Annie Lennox, Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevirlle O’Malley Armstrong (who normally only goes by her first name), twins Jessica and Lisa Origliasso (of the Veronicas) and Harvey Phillip “Phil” Spector; sports greats Rickey Nelson Henley (better known as Rickey Henderson), Jacob Nelson “Nellie” Fox (both baseball), Kenneth Michael “Kenny” Stabler and Larry Richard Csonka (both football); Red Cross founder Clarissa Harlowe “Clara” Barton; Egyptian leader Muhammad Anwar El Sadat; hotel owner Conrad Nicholson Hilton; auto racer-turned-manufacturer Louis Chevrolet; scientist Isaac Newton; author Carlos César Salvador Arana (better known as Carlos Castaneda); TV producers Rodman Edward “Rod” Serling and Richard Keith “Rick” Berman; Believe It or Not! cartoonist Robert LeRoy Ripley and political commentator Karl Christian Rove.

In addition, today is Christmas Day. Which, I suspect, you already know.

Have a great birthday, you two! Best wishes and Merry Christmas!