Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four top-notch visual journalists…


Pat Carr is a visual journalist based in Washington, D.C. A 1970 graduate of St. John’s University of New York, she spent 17 years teaching in various schools in South Carolina and Virginia. She served as an editorial coordinator for the Dahlgren Memorial Library at Georgetown University’s medical center before joining Knight-Ridder Graphics in 1989 as a researcher. She was promoted to senior researcher in 1995 and then to graphics editor in 2000. She left the service — which had become MCT Graphics — in 2014.


Tyson Evans is a member of the New York Times’ Newsroom Strategy Team, which seeks to prioritize and launch digital initiatives and implement the famous in-house innovation report that made the rounds last year. A 2005 graduate of UCLA, Tyson spent his senior year as editor-and-chief of the Daily Bruin before serving a news design intern for the Los Angeles Times. Later that year, he went to work for the Las Vegas Sun, where he designed for both print and online. He was hired away by the NYT in 2008 as deputy editor for interactive news. The Times promoted him to his current position in 2014. Tyson also teaches at Columbia University and serves on the board for the Society for News Design. Find his personal portfolio page here and his Twitter feed here. Tyson turns 33 today.


Nathan Groepper is director of consumer experience of Gannett’s Des Moines (Iowa) Register. A 1998 graduate of the University of Iowa, Nathan went to work right away at the Register as a copy editor and designer before being promoted in 2008 to presentation editor for features and then to design director in 2009. He moved over to the Des Moines design studio in 2011 as creative director. He moved to his current position a year ago. Find his Twitter feed here. Nathan turns the big four-oh today.


Chinelo Onwaulu is CEO of Sylvia Fairchild Editorial Services, a firm offering writing and copy editing services in Abuja, Nigeria. A 2003 graduate of Calvin College, Chinelo spent a year as night web editor for the Observer-Dispatch of Utica, N.Y., and then another year as online editor for the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., before moving back to Abuja in 2010. She spent a year with Timbuktu Media — publishers of a number of newspapers including Next — before working for Cassava Republic Press, a book publisher. She went freelance three years ago. Find her blog here and her Twitter feed here.

Chinelo, Tyson, Nathan and Pat share a birthday with actors Ava Lavinia Gardner, Karl Diedrich Bader, Anil Kapoor and John Anthony Woods (better known as John Levene); musicians Enrique Martí­n Morales (better known as Ricky Martin) and Louis William Tomlinson (of One Direction); model Daphne Groeneveld; radio and TV personality Ryan John Seacrest; comedian Steven “Steve” Smith Jr. (better known as Red Green); frontiersman Christopher Houston “Kit” Carson; eccentric bazillionaire Howard Robard Hughes Jr.; sports greats William McGarvey “Bill” Dudley, Tim Jennings (both football), Jerold Taylor “Jay” Wright (basketball coach) and Jay Scot Bilas (ESPN basketball commentator); writer and director Nicholas Meyer; authors Stephanie Morgan Meyer, Mary Theresa Eleanor Higgins Clark Conheeney (better known as Mary Higgins Clark), Fritz Reuter Leiber Jr. and Isidor Feinstein Stone; children’s book illustrator Johnny Gruelle and comic book creator Mark Millar.

Of course, today is also Christmas Eve. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, all! Best wishes and Merry Christmas to you!