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


Michael Higdon is a city life reporter for the Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal, where he says he covers “gentrification, tech, hipsters, beer and spirits.” A 2009 graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Michael worked a summer internship with the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., was a Pulliam Fellow at the Indianapolis Star and an summer fellow at the Poynter Institute. He also did some work for NASA during his final year in Reno. He started work for Swift Communications, also of Reno, in June of 2009 as an ad designer and slid back to the editorial side in 2010 as an editorial designer. In 2012, he was named Swift’s editorial systems administrator. In 2014, he launched Drinkable Reno, a web site focusing on Reno’s craft beer scene and parlayed that into the new reporting gig in which he started work in June. He also teaches part-time at the University of Nevada, Reno. Find Mike’s personal portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.


Alicia Kramme is lead designer for the Kansas City Business Journal. A 2014 graduate of the University of Iowa, Alicia served as graphics editor for the student paper there, the Daily Iowan. She spent two-and-a-half years at the Gannett Design Studio in Des Moines, Iowa, before moving to the KCBJ a year ago. Find her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here. Alicia turns 24 today.


Mary Peskin is an associate at We Media, a digital media company in Reston, Va., co-founded by Mary’s husband, Dale Peskin. A graduate of N.C. State University in Raleigh, Mary spent 22 years as design director of the New York Times Regional Media Group. She joined the American Press Institute in 2005 and spent seven years as associate director until API merged with the Newspaper Association of America in 2011. She continued working on the merger and developing programs and coordinating workshops through 2013.


Marcia Prouse is the storytelling coach at the Nashville Tennessean. A graduate of Arizona State University, Marcia earned a master’s degree from the University of Missouri, where she edited a book in lieu of a thesis. She spent 16 years at the Detroit Free Press, as a magazine art director, photo editor, deputy director of photography and section editor. She moved to the Orange County Register of Santa Ana, Calif., in 1997 as a photo editor. She was named director of photography in 1998, Sunday editor in 2008 and then added daily A1 duties in 2012. She was named assistant managing editor in 2014. Marcia joined the Tennessean a year ago. Find her Twitter feed here.


Tom Roeder is weekend editor of the Gazette of Colorado Springs, Colo. A 1996 graduate of Washington State University, Tom spent two-and-a-half years as a reporter for the Chronicle of Centralia, Wash., before moving to the Herald-Republic of Yakima. In 2003, he moved to the Gazette as military affairs reporter. He was promoted to weekend editor in 2012 and added duties as military editor a year later. Find his Twitter feed here.


Stephanie Selensky is chief of the copy desk of the Forum of Fargo, N.D./Moorhead, Minn. A 1997 graduate of North Dakota State University, Stephanie spent a year as a copy editor at the Aberdeen American News and then two years at Prairie Public Broadcasting before joining the Forum in 1997. Find her Twitter feed here.

Alicia, Stephanie, Michael, Tom, Marcia and Mary share a birthday with actors Corey Ian Haim, Susan Victoria Lucci, Joan Marie Severance, Ronald Ralph “Ronnie” Schell and Harry Julius Shearer; musicians Edward Louis Severson III (better known as Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam) and David Michael Murray (of Iron Maiden); model-turned-reality TV star Holly Sue Cullen (better known as Holly Madison); model-turned-singer-turned-First Lady of France Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi Sarkozy; synchronized swimmer-turned-model Estella Dawn Warren; U.S. Navy admiral-turned-politician James Bond Stockdale; U.S. Army general-turned-politican Wesley Kanne Clark; sports greats Robert Albert “Bob” Kurland (basketball), Danny MacAskill (cycling), Gregory Jack “Greg” Biffle (auto racing), Hanley Ramírez, Cody Ross, Jerome Martin “Jerry” Koosman (all three baseball), James Joseph “Jim” Harbaugh, Jack Raphael Ham Jr., Bennie Lee Cunningham and Paul Vernon Hornung (all four football); political commentator William Kristol and Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith Jr.

In addition, today is the Human Light Celebration. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, y’all! Best wishes!