Birthdays for Wednesday, Oct. 7

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five remarkable visual journalists…

Susan Barber is art director of the Houston Chronicle. Where, yes, she supervises yours truly.


Kike Calvo is a New York City-based photojournalist, who often shoots for National Geographic and the New York Times. A 1972 graduate of the University of Zaragoza in Spain — where he studied economics — Kike moved to the University of Idaho to earn a second degree in journalism. He’s shot in 65 nations for clients like el Mundo, the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, USA Today, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press and Rolling Stone. He also teaches seminars all over the world. Find his web site here, his Facebook fan page here and his Twitter feed here.


Hannah Glennon is a technical writer for the Breakaway Group of Greenwood Village, Colo. She also does brand consulting via her company, All By You. A 2014 graduate of Colorado State University, Hannah was digital media manager for the student paper there, the Rocky Mountain Collegian. She was the project manager for the 2012 redesign of the paper’s web operation in 2013 and interned for Feasting Fort Collins and F+W Media of Loveland, Colo. She was also president of the school’s Online News Association chapter. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here. Hannah turns 24 today.


Nathaniel Pearlman is founder and president of Graphicacy, a graphics consultancy in Washington, D.C., and Timeplots, an infographics startup also based in Washington. A 1988 graduate of Yale University, Nathaniel worked as a programmer before working on a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996. He created NGP Software — now known as NGP VAN — in 1997, a maker of organizational, fundraising and new media products for political campaigns and political action committees. He served as chief technology officer for the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2007 and 2008. and then created Timeplots in 2009. Find Timeplots’ Twitter feed here and Nathaniel’s personal Twitter feed here.


Denise Smaldino is a designer for the Orange County Register and creative director for OC Family magazine. A 2001 graduate of Cal State Fullerton, Denise served as editor of the student paper there, the Daily Titan. She spent three years as news editor and designer for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of Ontario, Calif., and then two years as a news and features designer for the Riverside Press Enterprise before moving to Variety in 2006. In 2012, she moved to the OC Register. She took on additional magazine duties last winter. Find Denise’s web site here.

Hannah, Kike, Denise, Susan and Nathaniel share a birthday with actors Rachel Anne McAdams, Jamie Hector and Rachel Marie Oberlin (better known as Bree Olson); musicians Taylor Reuben Hicks, Toni Michelle Braxton, John Mellencamp, Thomas Edward “Thom” Yorke (of Radiohead) and Yo-Yo Ma; the X Factor‘s Simon Philip Cowell; sports greats Priest Anthony Holmes, Charles Woodson (both football), José Rosario Domec Cardenal and Evan Michael Longoria (both baseball) and Lowell “Cotton” Fitzsimmons (basketball coach); war criminal Heinrich Luitpold Himmler, Russian leader Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin; former Marine Corps officer Oliver Laurence North, vice-president Henry Agard Wallace, Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Mpilo Tutu; physicist Niels Henrik David Bohr, columnist Daniel Keenan “Dan” Savage and TV commentators Vivian “Clive” James and Josephina Victoria “Joy” Behar.

In addition, today is Balloons Around the World Day, National Kite Day, Pet Obesity Awareness Day, Walk to School Day, Emergency Nurses Day and You Matter to Me Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, folks! Have a wonderful birthday today!

Birthdays for Tuesday, Oct. 6

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five awesome visual journalists…


James Bennett is a visual communication analyst in the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C. A 1994 graduate of the University of Missouri, James spent a year as a reporter with the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune, a year as a graphic artist for the Asbury Park Press and then two years at the Orange County Register before returning to Mizzou to teach infographics and to obtain a masters degree in media management. James then spent four years as assistant graphics editor of the Boston Globe before becoming assistant managing editor of the Bakersfield Californian in 2006. He left newspapers for D.C. in 2009. Find his Twitter feed here.


Daryl Moen retired this year after 41 years as a professor of journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. A 1966 graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Daryl obtained a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1967 and became editor of the Portage (Wis.) Daily Register and then managing editor of the DeKalb (Ill.) Daily Chronicle. He joined Mizzou in 1974, serving for nine years as managing editor of the Missourian and authoring or co-authoring seven books on reporting, news design and convergence. Daryl might be retired but he’s not gone for good: He’s teaching one class this semester and next as well as working on the next edition of one of his textbooks. Find Daryl’s web site here and his Twitter feed here.

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Teresa Rodriguez is a designer for the Cape Gazette of Milford, Del. She’s a 1998 graduate of Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here.


Mark Wood is an assistant editor for Helios Global Inc., a contractor that publishes magazines for the Dept. of Defense. A 1988 summa cum laude graduate of Winthrop College in Rock Hill, S.C., Mark spent nearly eight years as a reporter for the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg, S.C., before joining the Ledger of Lakeland, Fla., in 1996. He moved to St. Pete in 1997, serving for 14-and-a-half years as a senior copy editor for the St. Petersburg Times. His wife, Lisa Buie, is also a longtime Times editor and reporter. Mark departed newspapers in 2012.


Ken Wright is an artist — a painter — working out of d’ART Center at Selden Arcade in Norfolk, Va. A 1968 graduate of Norfolk State University, Ken started out that year as an intern in the public relations department of the Virginian-Pilot, moving into the advertising creative services and then to the photo department of the afternoon Ledger-Star as a retouch and airbrush artist in 1970. In 1976, Ken became an illustrator and page designer for the Pilot’s features department. He moved to graphics in 1983 and worked there until his retirement in 2007. Ken turns 72 today.

Teresa, Mark, James, Daryl and Ken share a birthday with actors Ioan Gruffudd, Elizabeth Judson Shue, Jeremy Merton Sisto, Britt-Marie Ekland and Jane Alice Peters (better known as Carole Lombard); musicians Kevin Cronin (of REO Speedwagon) and Sidney Matthew Sweet; sports greats Walter Ray Williams Jr. (bowling), Daniel “Daniel” Brière (hockey), Rebecca Rose Lobo (basketball), Richard Vershaun Seymour (football) and Anthony Kevin “Tony” Dungy (football coach); architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris (better known as Le Corbusier); CBS president Leslie Moonves; inventor George Westinghouse Jr. and journalist Shana Ager Alexander.

In addition, today is American Libraries Day, National German-American Day, Mad Hatter Day and Ecological Debt Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have a wonderful birthday today!

Birthdays for Monday, Oct. 5

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five wonderful visual journalists…


Keith Allen is a self-employed visual manager based in Cape Town, South Africa. He got his start in newspapers as a reporter and photographer in 1978 — writing about motorcycles — and has worked on a number of tabloid startups, including the Namibian Sun, the Cape Son and Son op Sondag, also in Cape Town. He spent six-and-a-half years as production editor for the Son tabloids in Cape Town before moving into a position in 2012 as an in-house design consultant for Media24 papers in Johannesburg. He left that position earlier in 2014. Keith turns 60 today.


Joan Andrews is vice president of the design team at Lee Hecht Harrison, a career development consultancy in Orlando, Fla. A 1982 graduate of Radford University in Virginia, Joan spent four years as a reporter for the News & Advance of Lynchburg, Va., and then three years as an editor and designer for the Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Tenn., before moving to the Orlando Sentinel in 1989. She stayed there for 20 years, eventually rising to senior editor and assistant sports editor. She left the Sentinel in 2009 and started work at Lee Hecht in 2010.


Dwijith Payyanur is an illustrator for the daily newspaper in Kerala, India. Find his blog here and his Twitter feed here.


Matt Perry is senior information designer for the Harvard Business Review in Boston. A 2001 graduate of Ball State University, Matt worked for the student paper there, the Ball State Daily News, served an internship for the Portland Oregonian and freelanced for the Times-Union of Warsaw, Ind., the Star Press of Muncie and the Associated Press. He spent three years as an artist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune before moving to the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2004 as a news artist. He was promoted to senior news artist in 2006, to graphics editor in 2008 and to graphics director in 2010. Matt left U-T San Diego in 2014 and moved to the East Coast in December. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.


Lauren Roth is senior manager of facilities communications for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla. A 2000 graduate of Northwestern University, Lauren spent three months in Ireland writing for a news magazine. She worked as a local government reporter for the Telegraph of Nashua, N.H., for the Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and as an education reporter for the Times-Tribune of Scranton, Pa. She spent five years starting in 2005 as an education reporter for the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk. She moved to the same position at the Orlando Sentinel in 2012 and left newspapers this past May. Find Lauren’s Twitter feed here.

Swijith, Lauren, Matt, Joan and Keith share a birthday with Jesse Adam Eisenberg, Kate Elizabeth Winslet, Parminder Kaur Nagra, Karen Jane Allen, Donald Henry Pleasence, Guy Edward Pearce, Bernard Jeffrey McCullough (better known as Bernie Mac), Jeffrey Charles William Michael “Jeff” Conaway, William Szathmary (better known as Bill Dana) and Louis Feinberg (better known as Larry Fine of the Three Stooges); musicians Robert Frederick Zenon “Bob” Geldorf, Steven H. “Steve” Miller, Brian Johnson (of AC/DC) and James Burgon Valentine (of Maroon 5); game show host Allen Packard Ellsworth (better known as Allen Ludden); hotel heiress Nicholai Olivia “Nicky” Hilton; condiment heiress Maria Teresa Thierstein Simões-Ferreira Heinz; sports greats Grant Henry Hill (basketball), Patrick Jacques Roy and Mario Lemieux (hockey), Trent Cole Jr., (football), Barry Switzer (football coach), Michael Mario Andretti (auto racing) and George William “Bill” James (sportswriter and inventor of “sabermetrics”); sculptor Maya Ying Lin; neighborhood watch volunteer George Michael Zimmerman; cartoonist William Aloysius “Bil” Keane; astronaut Richard Francis Gordon Jr.; physicist Robert Hutchings Goddard; author Clive Barker; president Chester Alan Arthur and McDonald’s founder Raymond Albert Kroc.

In addition, today is the World Day of Architecture, the World Day of Bullying Prevention, World Habitat Day, World Teachers’ Day, the International Day of No Destitution, Child Health Day, the Day of Unity and Techie’s Day. Seriously.

Have a great birthday today, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Sunday, Oct. 4

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


Maria Carrillo is senior editor for Sunday and enterprise at the Houston Chronicle. A 1985 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Maria spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., before joining the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., in 1998. She was named managing editor in 2005. Maria moved to Texas in 2014. Find her Twitter feed here.


Anders Gyllenhaal is vice president of news and the Washington editor for the McClatchy Company. A graduate of George Washington University, Anders worked for the Miami Herald and then spent several years as metro editor at the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. He was eventually promoted to managing editor and then editor before moving to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis and then back to Miami as editor in 2006. He moved to D.C. in 2010. To answer the question I’m sure he gets a lot: Yes, he’s related to both Jake and Maggie — he’s their uncle. Find his Twitter feed here. Anders turns 64 today.


Jay Judge is senior editor of visuals for the Baltimore Sun. A 1993 graduate of Indiana University, Jay worked as desk editor of the Sun-Commercial of Vincennes, Ind., and then became assistant night editor for design at the Times of Munster, Ind., in 1994. In 1997, he moved to the Sun, working as a design editor, assistant news design director, news design director and then assistant managing editor for design and graphics. Find his Twitter feed here.


David Kordalski is assistant managing editor for the Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio. A 1977 graduate of Ohio’s College of Wooster, David studied art, biology and psychology. He spent eight years as design and graphics editor of the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune and then two years as art director of the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News. He became AME of the Detroit News in 1995 and moved to the same position at Plain Dealer in 1999. He’s also a past president of the Society for News Design. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. Find the Plain Dealer’s visuals blog — the Not-So-Plain Dealer — here. David turns 60 today.


Mark Marturello is an illustrator and designer for the Des Moines (Iowa) Register. A native of Des Moines and a graduate of Grand View College in Des Moines, Mark spent the early part of his career working for the U.S. government in Fort Knox, Ky. He’s worked for the Register for many, many years, winning tons of awards. He also free-lances for various magazines and art agencies. He has a fan page on Facebook containing samples of his work. Mark turns 56 today.


Joe Zeff is vice president and executive creative director of ScrollMotion, an app design firm in New York City. A 1987 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Joe worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Detroit Free Press and then as a presentation editor for the metro and business desks of the New York Times before becoming graphics director of Time magazine in 1996. He left Time in 2000 to open his free-lance business, Joe Zeff Design, Inc. In 2008, he sold his company to Splashlight Creative, an art, photo and animation studio but then bought his company back a few years later. Among his clients: Adobe, Time, JPMorgan Chase, Pepsi, the University of Notre Dame and the NFL. He moved to ScrollMotion last fall. Find Joe’s Twitter feed here.

Maria, Jay, Joe, Mark, David and Anders share a birthday with actors Alicia Silverstone, Rachael Leigh Cook, Dakota Mayi Johnson, Melissa Marie Benoist, Isaac Liev Schreiber, Abraham Rubin Hercules Benrubi, William Mark “Bill” Fagerbakke, Susan Abigail Tomalin (better known as Susan Sarandon), Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton and John Charles Carter (better known as Charlton Heston); musician Elena Sergeevna Katina (of t.A.T.u.); sports greats Kimberly Claire “Kimmie” Meissner (figure skating), Anthony Keith “Tony” Gwynn Jr., Gilbert Ray “Gil” Hodges (both baseball), Anthony “Tony” La Russa Jr. (baseball manager), Derrick Martell Rose (basketball), Robert Lee “Sam” Huff (football) and Sarah Marie Fisher (auto racing); President Rutherford Birchard Hayes and writers Alvin Toffler, Jacqueline “Jackie” Collins, Roy Alton Blount Jr. and Howard Allen Frances O’Brien (better known as Anne Rice — and yes, that was her real name).

In addition, today is Vodka Day, Ten-Four Day, National Taco Day, National Ship in a Bottle Day, Improve Your Office Day and Blessing of the Animals Day. Seriously.

Have a fantastic birthday, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Saturday, Oct. 3

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four outstanding visual journalists…


Allison Duda is an assistant art director at Time magazine in New York City. A 2006 graduate of Ohio University, Allison interned at Time before signing on as a designer for the Asbury Park Press in Neptune, N.J. She designed news and features pages as well as the APP’s monthly luxury magazine. In 2008, she moved to Time Out New York magazine, where she concentrated on the Shopping & Style section. She moved to New York magazine in 2011 as art director for the weddings edition. She returned to Time in 2012. Find her Twitter feed here. Allison turns 32 today.


Tim Goheen is director of the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. A 1986 graduate of Michigan State University, Tim spent eight-and-a-half years as a news artist for the State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. In 1995, Tim became a senior illustrator for the old Knight Ridder-Tribune graphics service. He was promoted to art director in 1995. He earned a master’s degree in visual journalism from Ohio University in 2006. Shortly after, KRT changed its name to MCT. Tim moved back to Ohio in 2014. He turns 52 today.


Bukky Ogunsina is a reporter for Government, a weekly newspaper published by the Leadership newspaper group of Abuja, Nigeria. A graduate of Cardiff University in the U.K., Bukky was named print reporter of the year for 2013 by the Nigerian Union of Journalists. Find her Twitter feed here.


Kris Visselman is founder of the Electric Ivy Creative Group and based in Los Angeles. A 1988 graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, Kris was a Presidential Fellow and competed on the swim team. She served internships at the Arizona Republic and the Sacramento Bee before signing on as a news artist and then a designer at the Bee. She left in 1993 to become art director for the Valley and Orange County editions of the Los Angeles Times. In 1998, she leaped to the Orange County Register as senior art director and then moved again in 2003 to the San Jose Mercury News as creative director. In 2005, Kris joined National Geographic Maps as editorial and design director, responsible for maps for the various divisions of National Geographic and its outside partners and was named director of digital product development in 2007. In April 2010, she was named vice president for product development and chief creative officer of U-T San Diego. She served as president of the Society for News Design four years ago. She’s married to Javier Zarracina, graphics editor of Vox. She left San Diego in 2014. Find Kris’ Twitter feed here.

Allison, Bukky, Tim and Kris share a birthday with actors Neve Adrianne Campbell, Lena Headey, Clive Owen and Seann William Scott; musicians Gwen Renée Stefani, Thomas Lee Bass (better known as Tommy Lee, the drummer for Mötley Crüe), Stephen “Stevie” Ray Vaughan, Ashlee Nicole Wentz (better known as Ashlee Simpson), Lindsay Adams Buckingham, Ray Edward “Eddie” Cochran, Ernest Evans (better known as Chubby Checker); comedian Gregory Everett “Greg” Proops; animal trainer Roy Horn (of Siegfried and Roy); sports greats Frederick Steven “Fred” Couples (golf), David Mark “Dave” Winfield and Dennis Lee Eckersley (both baseball) and Anquan Kenmile Boldin (football); activist-turned-TV host Alfred Charles “Al” Sharpton Jr., astronauts Charles Moss Duke Jr. and Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan; writers Thomas Clayton Wolfe, Eugene Luther Gore Vidal and James Alfred Wright (better known as James Herriot); comic book creator Rob Liefeld and cartoonist and Mad magazine founding editor Harvey Kurtzman.

In addition, today is Inter-American Water Day and World Card Making Day. Seriously.

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