Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six talented visual journalists…
Ani Arambula is a designer for U-T San Diego. A product of the University of San Diego and the California College of the Arts, Anita started at the Union-Tribune in 1989 as a photo lab tech. Over the next 24 years, she worked as a shooter, photo editor, illustrator, writer and art director. Find her photo blog here, her food blog here and her NewsPageDesigner portfolio here. Find Ani’s Twitter feed here.
Jodi Gersh is director of social media and engagement for Gannett in McLean, Va. A 1994 graduate of the University of Maryland, Jodi spent nearly four years as a senior account manager for the Aspire Technology Group before moving to USA Weekend magazine in 2000 as technology manager. She was promoted to director of information services in 2005, to senior systems analyst of USA Today a year later, to social media manager in 2008 and director of social media products in 2011. She assumed her current duties in 2012. Find her web site here, her blog here and her Twitter feed here.
Tony Leys is a reporter for the Des Moines Register. Tony is a 1988 graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Find his Twitter feed here.
Rob Lein is a longtime sportswriter, sports editor and copy editor currently living in Fargo, N.D. A 1979 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, Rob spent three years with the Williston Herald, 22 years with the Bismarck Tribune and three years with the Fargo Forum before leaving newspapers in 2007. He’s currently a sales rep for PepsiCo. Rob turns 58 today.
Thomas Ritchie is “chief fire starter” at Team Creative Fire, a startup web branding, design and marketing company in Sioux City, Iowa. A 1992 graduate of Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D., Thomas spent four years as a reporter and copy editor for the Yankton Press & Dakotan. He moved to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader in 1996 to become presentation editor and then to Sioux City, Iowa, to become managing editor of the Weekender in 2000. He returned to the Argus Leader as lifestyles editor in 2004. He bounced back to Sioux City in 2006 to become director of online news for Lee Enterprises. He also teaches social media at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City. Thomas left Lee in 2012 to make a go at running his own company. Find his Twitter feed here.
Mike Saewitz is membership development manager for the Atlantic Media Company in Washington, D.C. A 2002 graduate of Northwestern University, Mike interned for the Virginian-Pilot, the Register of New Haven, Conn., and the St. Petersburg Times. He spent five years covering cops and courts for the Herald-Tribune of Sarasota, Fla., before rejoining the Pilot in 2007. He returned to school in 2010 and earned his MBA degree — with emphasis in strategy and finance — last year from the University of Virginia. Mike turns 34 today.
Ani, Mike, Jodi, Thomas, Tony and Rob share a birthday with actors Harvey Lee Yeary (better known as Lee Majors), Valerie Anne Bertinelli, Joyce Ann DeWitt, Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize, Janice “Jan” Hooks, George Lopez, Alexandra Zuck (better known as Sandra Dee), Shirley Jane Temple Black; Scott Hamilton Bairstow, Kalpen Suresh Modi (better known as Kal Penn) and Dev Patel; musician Roy Kelton Orbison and Stephen Maynard “Steve” Clark (of Def Leppard); documentary maker Michael Francis Moore; sports greats Alistair Edward Brownlee (triathlon), Daniela Hantuchová (tennis), Warren Edward Spahn, Andruw Rudolf Jones (both baseball), Anthony James “Tony” Esposito (hockey) and Charles Burnham “Bud” Wilkinson (football coach); terrorist Timothy James McVeigh; physicist Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck and President James Buchanan Jr.
In addition, today is English Language Day, Impossible Astronaut Day, Movie Theater Day, Talk Like Shakespeare Day, Secretarys’ Day and World Book and Copyright Day. Seriously.
Have a wonderful birthday, all! Best wishes!