Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to a pair of wonderful visual journalists…
William Castronuovo is editor and publisher of the Washington Reader in Washington, D.C. A 1983 graduate of the University of Maryland where he served as a reporter and then design director of the student paper there, the Maryland Diamondback, William has worked at a number of places over the years: The Washington Post weeklies, executive editor of the Reston (Va.) Times, graphics editor of the New York Daily News, art director of the Washington Times, sports art director of the National sports daily, publisher of a number of local D.C. suburban papers, design director of the Miami Herald, associate editor of the Gary (Ind.) Post-Tribune and then ten years as associate editor of the State of Columbia, S.C. Bill has been working since 2007 to launch the Reader. In addition, he’s working on a book that he hopes to publish soon.
Gary Nielson is a digital news and social media specialist for McClatchy’s 30 newsrooms, based in Charlotte, N.C. A graduate of the UMass in Amherst, Mass., Gary worked as a reporter and editor for the Valley Advocate, the Hartford Advocate, New Mass Media and the Anchorage Daily News before signing on as assistant features editor of the Charlotte Observer in 1988. He was made online editor of the Observer in 1995 and then moved to Knight Ridder Digital in 2000 as a national producer and then as market relations manager. He moved to McClatchy Interactive in 2012 and took on his current duties in 2013. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.
Gary and William share a birthday with actors Vincent Anthony “Vince” Vaughn, Dianne Wiest, Orla Brady, Annie Wersching, Nicholas John “Nick” Frost, Conchata Galen Ferrell and Kenneth Joseph “Ken” Howard; musicians Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (better known as Lady Gaga), Reba Nell McEntire, Rodney Allan Atkins and Cheryl James (of Salt-N-Pepa); TV personality Kate Irene Kreider Gosselin; sports greats Richard Francis Dennis “Rick” Barry III, Luke Theodore Walton (both basketball), Gerald Eugene “Jerry” Sloan (basketball coach), Keith Matthew Tkachuk (hockey), James Bayard “Jim” Turner (football), Mark David Melancon (baseball) and Christopher Patrick “Chris” Myers (announcer); brewer August “Gussie” Anheuser Busch Jr. and talk show host John Ziegler.
In addition, today is Barnum and Bailey Day, Endometriosis Day, Virtual Advocacy Day, Weed Appreciation Day and Be Mad Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, you two! Have a terrific birthday today!