Birthdays for Wednesday, Sept. 17

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


Jacqueline Wu Boey is creative director for the special projects unit of Singapore Press Holdings. Her work on a supplement called Health & You won a 2006 Best Advertising award from the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers’ Association. In 2007, she led a team that redesigned the AsiaOne website. She also designed the print and TV ads that promoted that redesign. Then, those TV spots won big in the Asia Film, Videos and Digital Media Awards. Find those ads in Jackie’s YouTube channel.


Lori Brooks is associate executive director of the College Media Association. A 1996 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Lori spent a year as a copy editor for the Albuquerque (N.M.) Tribune and another year with Saxon Publishers, which creates educational materials. She returned to Oklahoma in 1999 as director of communications for the College of Business and was named associate director of student media in 2004. She also taught as an adjunct and worked with the College Media Association. She moved over to CMA full-time in 2012.


Stephanie Grace Lim is a portrait photographer and also a graphic designer for Apple in Cupertino, Calif. A 1996 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan, Steph spent a year as a photographer for the Ann Arbor (Mich.) News and then three as a photographer and illustrator at the Charlotte Observer before joining the San Jose Mercury News in 2000 as a designer/illustrator. She was promoted to design director of features before leaving in 2007 to become principal creative designer for eBay’s PayPal. She left PayPal six years ago and joined Apple in 2010. Find her portfolio site here and her photography site here. Find her photography work on Facebook.


Colleen McDaniel is managing editor of Cruise Critic, a web site that covers the travel industry. A 1997 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Colleen earned a Master’s degree at Syracuse University in 1998 and then spent two years as assistant sports editor of the Rochester, N.Y., Democrat and Chronicle. She moved to the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colo., in 2001 as assistant sports editor and then assistant city editor. In 2007, she became sports editor of the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk. She moved to Cruise Critic in 2012. Find her Twitter feed here.


Alyson Morris is a designer for RedEye — the Chicago Tribune’s youth+commuter tabloid — especially, RedEye’s daily iPad edition. A 2011 graduate of Ohio University, Alyson served as design editor for both the student paper there, the Post, as well as Thread, a student magazine. She served internships with the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Huntsville (Ala.) Times before going to work for the Naples (Fla.) Daily News as a features designer. She moved to Chicago in 2012 and then began concentrating on the iPad last year. Find her portfolio site here and her Twitter feed here.


Janet Reddick is associate editor for AAA National, based in Heathrow, Fla. A 1995 graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., Janet spent a year as a reporter for the Gazette of Gastonia, N.C., and then two more at the Carroll County Times of Westminster, Md., before joining the News & Record of Greensboro in 1998. She worked as a reporter, a copy editor, night city editor, assistant bureau editor, assignment editor and nation and worked editor before her departure three years ago. For her last year-and-a-half there, she also edited the paper’s travel section, wrote a travel blog and earned a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2011, she was named managing editor of Intelliguide of Winston-Salem, N.C., a publisher of trade media for the travel industry. She moved to AAA last winter. Find Janet’s Twitter feed here.


Scott Shaw is a photographer based in Rocky River, Ohio. A 1985 graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., Scott worked with the Cleveland Plain Dealer for 23 years before he was laid off last summer. Find his personal web site here, his blog here and his photography business Facebook page here.


Hugo Torres is an assistant team leader and page designer for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, Ariz. A graduate of the Universidad del Noroeste in Tampico, Mexico, Hugo spent two years as art director for Frontera of Tijuana before earning a master’s degree at his alma mater. He moved to the Star in 2002. In addition, he writes a soccer column for la Estrella de Tucson, the Star‘s Spanish-language weekly. Find Hugo’s Twitter feed here.


Dyrinda Tyson is a designer, editor and writer based in Yukon, Okla. A 1987 graduate of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas — just south of Amarillo — Dyrinda spent eight years as news editor of the Times Record News of Wichita Falls. She moved to the Oklahoman of Oklahoma City for two years as a copy editor and then to the el Reno (Okla.) Tribune, where she was associate editor for ten years. She’s worked as a contributing editor for Oklahoma Today magazine, a graphics editor and reporter for the Mustang (Okla.) News and a correspondent for the Oklahoman. Find her Twitter feed here. Dyrinda turns 50 today.

Alyson, Lori, Hugo, Janet, Scott, Stephanie, Colleen, Jacqueline and Dyrinda share a birthday with actors Kyle Martin Chandler, Jonathan Southworth “John” Ritter, Anna Maria Louisa Italiano (better known as Anne Bancroft), Roderick Andrew Jude “Roddy” McDowell and Cassandra Peterson (better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark); musician Hiram King Williams (better known as Hank Williams Sr.); comedian Rita Rudner; directors Bryan Singer, Neill Blomkamp and Mark Anthony “Baz” Luhrmann; puppeteer Kevin Jeffrey Clash; sports greats Ryo Ishikawa (golf), Alexander Mikhaylovich Ovechkin (hockey), Mark Allen Brunell and George Frederick Blanda (both football), Orlando Manuel Cepeda Pennes, John Anthony Franco (both baseball), Rasheed Abdul Wallace (basketball), Philip Douglas “Phil” Jackson (basketball coach) and Jimmie Kenneth Johnson (auto racing); Supreme Court chief justice Warren Earl Burger; Supreme Court associate justice David Hackett Souter; Darwin Awards creator Wendy Northcutt; TV host Nathan Jay “Nate” Berkus; astronauts Thomas Patten Stafford and Edgar Dean Mitchell and cartoonist Jeffrey Kenneth “Jeff” MacNelly.

In addition, today is Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, International Country Music Day, National Rehabilitation Day, Time’s Up Day and School Backpack Awareness Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have a wonderful birthday today!

Birthdays for Tuesday, Sept. 16

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


Patrick Clarke is a web developer for New Media Campaigns of Carrboro, N.C., which builds sites for political candidates, nonprofit corporations and small businesses. A 2007 graduate of N.C. State University, Patrick was managing editor of the student paper there, the Technician. He interned at the Detroit Free Press and the St. Petersburg Times before entering the online world. Find his web site here. Patrick turns 30 today.


Kylee Cress is a page one and special projects designer for the Herald Tribune of Sarasota, Fla. A 2013 graduate of Ball State University, Kylee worked on the student paper there, the Ball State Daily News and Ball Bearings magazine. She served internships with with the Times of Munster, Ind., the Tampa Bay Times of St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va. She moved to Sarasota in April. Find her portfolio here, her blog here and her Twitter feed here.


Robert Davis is Sunday page one and special projects designer for the Washington Post. A 2002 graduate of the University of North Florida, Robert spent a year-and-a-half as an assistant editor, editorial page editor and designer for the Jacksonville (Fla.) Business Journal and then two years as a designer and copy editor for the Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville — first for a community news section and then later for the business section. He moved to the Boston Globe in 2007, where he designed A1 and metro fronts. He was promoted to assistant design director last summer but moved to the Post in June. Find his portfolio here. Robert turns 33 today.


Dave Horn is a designer for the New York Times. A 1994 graduate of Syracuse University, Dave designed for the Jersey City (N.Y.) Journal before moving to the Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville, Fla., in 1997. He moved two years later to the Sun-Sentinel of Ft. Lauderdale and then to the Times in 2004 where he designs pages for the arts, international, metro, national and sports sections. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Dave turns 42 today.


Joan Kite is a technical advisor for IBEX Global in Nashville, Tenn. A 1987 graduate of the University of Miami, Joan worked as a reporter and editor for a number of papers including the Miami Herald, Halsey Publishing, Florida International University, the River Cities Gazette, the Daily Bulletin of San Bernardino and the Desert Sun of Palm Springs before becoming a senior writer for media relations at the University of California, Riverside, in 2002. She also worked for the Commonwealth Journal of Somerset, Ky., and the Columbia (Tenn.) Daily Herald of Columbia before joining IBEX last month.

Kylee, Patrick, Robert, Dave and Joan share a birthday with actors Amy Meredith Poehler, Molly Helen Shannon, Philip Andre “Mickey” Roarke Jr., Edward James “Ed” Begley Jr., Peter Michael Falk, Kimberly Alexis Bledel, Ian Harding, Jennifer Tilly, Reba Sabrina Hinojos Bryan (of the Cheetah Girls and Dancing With the Stars) and Betty Joan Perske (better known as Lauren Bacall); musicians Nicholas Jerry “Nick” Jonas (of the Jonas Brothers), Marco Antonio Muñiz (better known as Marc Anthony), Kenneth Thomas “Kenney” Jones (of Small Faces and the Who) and Riley “B.B.” King; magician David Seth Kotkin (better known as David Copperfield); TV host Alan Funt; TV preacher Robert Harold Schuller; TV journalist Richard Engel; sports greats Jerome Kendrick “Jerry” Pate (golf), Elgin Gay Baylor (basketball), Robin Yount and Orel Leonard Hershiser IV (both baseball); Curious George co-creator Hans Augusto Reyersbach (better known as H.A. Rey); cartoonist Arthur B. “Art” Sansom; comic book creators Kurt Busiek and Michael Joseph “Mike” Mignola; writer James Alan McPherson and retailer James Cash Penney.

In addition, today is Mayflower Day, National Guacamole Day, Stay Away from Seattle Day, Stepfamily Day, Get Ready Day, the Trail of Tears Commemoration Day and the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. Seriously.

Have a great birthday today, ya’ll! Best wishes!

Bithdays for Monday, Sept. 15

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to three fine visual journalists…


Don Healy is a photographer for the Leader Post of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. A 1974 graduate of Martin Collegiate, Don has worked at the Leader Post for for 40 years. Don turns 58 today.


Sara Hickman Himes is design and marketing coordinator for Foodlink of Rochester, N.Y. A 2002 graduate of Kent State University, Sara spent two years as a copy editor and designer for the Marion (Ohio) Star before moving to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in 2004. There, she designed A1 as well as the weekly entertainment section. In 2008, she was named art director of the Gannett News Service’s Insider magazine. She went freelance in 2011 — find her web site here — and also founded Papersaurus Creative, a greeting card design company. She joined Foodlink in June. Find Sara’s Twitter feed here.


Riley Snyder is a student journalist at the University of Nevada, Reno who expects to graduate in December. In his first two years of college, Riley served as design editor and then assistant news editor for the school’s student newspaper, the Sagebrush, interned with the school’s media relations department, worked as a DJ for Wolfpack Radio and blogged for the Washington Post. Riley also worked as a campus orientation guide — which was how I met him back in 2011. He’s interned at the Reno Gazette-Journal, the Las Vegas Sun and in the business department of the Los Angeles Times. Find his blog here and his Twitter feed here. Riley turns 22 today.

Riley, Sara and Don share a birthday with actors Tommy Lee Jones, Edward Thomas “Tom” Hardy, Chelsea Kane Staub, Heidi Blair Pratt (better known as Heidi Montag), Henry Silva, John “Jackie” Cooper Jr., Julius “Nipsey” Russell and Vina Fay Wray; musician Roy Claxton Acuff; director William Oliver Stone; sports greats Thomas Fitzgerald “Tom” Dolan (swimming), Gaylord Jackson Perry (baseball), Daniel Constantine “Dan” Marino, Jr., Merlin Jay Olsen (both football) and Peter Clay Carroll (football coach); novelists Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller (better known as Agatha Christie) and Norman Richard Spinrad; New Yorker columnist Robert Benchley; explorer Marco Polo; Harry, prince of Wales and U.S. politicians John Newton Mitchell and William Howard Taft.

In addition, today is Greenpeace Day, Felt Hat Day, Capitol Hill Day, 8-Track Tape Day and the International Day of Discovery. Seriously.

Best wishes, folks! Have a terrific birthday today!

Birthdays for Sunday, Sept. 14

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


Jackie Carberry is a copy editor and page designer for the Star-Bulletin of Honolulu. A 1994 graduate of the SUNY Buffalo State, Jackie worked at the Buffalo News, the Yuma Sun, the Bee group newspapers, West Hawaii Today and the Honolulu Advertiser before joining the Star-Advertiser in 2005. She spent three years in features and one year in biz before moving to the city desk in 2009. Find her Twitter feed here.


Robb Montgomery is a journalist, educator, filmmaker, author and consultant based in Berlin, Germany. A 1990 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Robb spent a year as a news artist at the Sun-Sentinel of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and nearly three years as art director of the Sun-Sentinel‘s XS magazine before moving to the Chicago Tribune in 1993 as an art director. In 1997, He moved to Sun Publications, a chain of Copley newspapers in suburban Chicago and then again to the Chicago Sun-Times in 2001. He created in 2004, which very quickly became an important bulletin board for the visual journalism industry (and was my blogging home for several years). Robb became a full-time consultant in 2005, specializing in what he calls MOJO — Mobile journalism — in Europe and the Middle East. He’s done things like redesign newspapers in Africa and design and build futuristic multimedia newsrooms like the S.M.A.R.T. Media lab in Tbilisi, Georgia (the country, not the state).


In May, he published the first in what is intended to be a series of e-books, A Field Guide for Mobile Journalism. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. My old pal Robb turns the big five-oh today.

Jackie and Robb share a birthday with actors Nigel John Dermot “Sam” Neill, Callum Keith Rennie, Adam Lamberg, Daniel James “Dan” Cortese, Andrew James “A.J.” Trauth, Davenie Johanna “Joey” Heatherton, Alexis “Faith” Ford and Jack Carlton “Clayton” Moore (the original Lone Ranger); musicians Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (better known as Nas), Jeff Loomis (of Nevermore), Logan Phillip Henderson (of Big Time Rush), Morten Harket (of A-ha), Jon “Bowser” Bauman (of Sha Na Na) and the late Amy Jade Winehouse; sports greats Michael Alex Crabtree (football), Lawrence Harvey “Larry” Brown (basketball coach), William James “Jim” Fanning (baseball manager) and Gerald Francis “Jerry” Coleman (baseball announcer); Wendy’s restaurant namesake Melinda Lou “Wendy” Thomas; economist Lawrence Robert Klein; illustrator Charles Dana Gibson and three notable Russians: scientist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov, Russian Federation President Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev and Walter Koenig — Ensign Pavel Chekov on the original Star Trek.

In addition, today is National Kreme-Filled Doughnut Day and National Pet Memorial Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday today, you two! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Saturday, Sept. 13

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to seven superlative visual journalists…


Beth Bristow is photo editor for the Thursday and Sunday Style sections of the New York Times. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Beth earned a master’s degree from the University of Hartford (Conn.) Art School. She spent 11 years as features photo editor at the Hartford Courant before moving to the Times in 2008. Find her Twitter feed here.


Garrett Fisbeck is a freelance photographer based in Edmond, Okla., and a recent graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. He spent two-and-a-half years as photo editor for the student newspaper there, the Vista. In addition, Garett served internships at the Dallas Morning News, the Oklahoman of Oklahoma City and the Tulsa World and he’s freelanced for the New York Times and the Associated Press. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. Garett turns 24 today.


Nicole Hughes is a freelance designer for print and multimedia via her agency, 8 Arms Studio in Wilmington, N.C. A 2005 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Nicole served as design editor of the Daily Tar Heel and worked an extended internship at the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., before joining the Star-News of Wilmington, N.C. in June 2005 as graphics and multimedia editor. She went free-lance after NYT company layoffs five years ago. Find her newspaper portfolio here and her Twitter feed here. Nicole turns 31 today.


Brandon Judd is a senior writer for web sports at the Deseret News of Salt Lake City, Utah. A 2007 graduate of Brigham Young University, Brandon spent eight years as sports designer of the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah, before working at the Daily Universe, the student paper at BYU. He joined the Statesman of Boise, Idaho, in 2012 as a sports copy editor and designer. He moved back to Utah in 2013. Find his print portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Brandon turns 34 today.


Bill Marcil Jr. is publisher of the Forum of Fargo, N.D., and the fifth generation of his family to publish the paper. A 1988 graduate of the University of North Dakota, Bill worked at WDAY and WDAY-TV before entering the family business more than two decades ago. He spent time as the Forum‘s development director. He was named publisher in 2010 when his father retired and then was named the company’s chief operating officer in 2012. Find his Twitter feed here.


Greg Matthews is digital managing editor at KENS-TV channel 5 in San Antonio, Texas. A 1995 graduate of the University of Missouri, Greg spent two years as 1A designer for the Journal News of White Plains, N.Y. and then nearly three years as the same for the Des Moines (Iowa) Register before moving to the online side in 1999 in suburban Chicago as part of the Sun-Times News Group. He became online editor of the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader in 2003 and then moved to San Antonio in January 2009. Find his Twitter feed here. Greg turns 42 today.


Jon Wile is creative director for American City Business Journals based in Charlotte, N.C. A 2002 graduate of Kent State University, Jon spent five years as a sports designer and agate clerk for the Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, before moving to the Washington Post as a sports designer in 2005. He moved to the A1 desk in 2008, and was promoted to lead A1 designer a year later. Jon celebrated his 30th birthday by taking a month off and traveling around the world. Jon has also taught news design as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and at Kent State University. He moved to ACBJ 2012. Find his travel blog here and his Twitter feed here. Jon turns 34 today.


Julie Zavala is a graphic artist based in Austin, Texas. Her husband Robert, is an artist for Stratfor Global Intelligence. Until March, they worked together at the Advocate of Victoria, Texas. Here’s a quick example of some of her design work. She also writes. Find stuff that she wrote and Robert designed here and here. Julie turns 56 today.

Beth, Garrett, Nicole, Brandon, Jon, Greg and Julie share a birthday with actors Bennett Joseph “Ben” Savage, Christine Estabrook, Jean E. Smart, Richard Dawson Kiel, Nell Ruth Hardy (better known as Nell Carter), Millicent Fogel (better known as Barbara Bain) and Winnifred Jacqueline Fraser-Bisset (better known as Jacqueline Bisset); musicians Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart, David Henry Thomsett (better known as David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat and Tears), Joe Don Rooney (of Rascal Flatts), Don Fagenson (better known as Don Was), Zak Richard Starkey, Peter Paul Cetera and Melvin Howard “Mel” Tormé; director Emmitt Perry Jr. (better known as Tyler Perry); sports greats Michael Duane Johnson (track and field), José Théodore (hockey), Bernabé “Bernie” Williams Figueroa Jr. (baseball), James Bradley “Brad” Johnson (football) and Béla Károlyi (gymnastics coach); WWI general John Joseph Pershing; chocolate maker Milton Snavely Hershey; fashion designer (and daughter of Paul) Stella Nina McCartney; model Wú Zǐliáng (better known as Emi Suzuki); author Roald Dahl; animator Donald Virgil “Don” Bluth; talk show host Tavis Roberts (better known as Tavis Smiley) and Judith Sylvia Perlman, better known as “Miss Manners“ columnist Judith Martin.

In addition, today is Farmers Consumer Awareness Day, International Drive Your Studebaker Day, Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day, National Hollerin’ Day, National Peanut Day, International Chocolate Day and National Iguana Awareness Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, folks! Have a wonderful birthday today!