Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to nine excellent visual journalists…
Rebecca Allen is a former deputy editor for features and business at the Orange County Register. A 1972 graduate of New Mexico State University, Rebecca earned a master’s degree from the University of Washington in 1977. She joined the Register in 1995 after five years as an editor at the Los Angeles Times. She left the Register in January. Find her Twitter feed here.
Jonathon Berlin is design and graphics editor for the Chicago Tribune. A 1998 graduate of the University of Illinois, Jonathon began his career at the Times of Munster, Indiana. He became assistant design director of the Rocky Mountain News of Denver in 2001 and then joined the San Jose Mercury News in 2005 as a senior editor for design and graphics. He moved to the Tribune in 2007 as design director and then into his current position in 2009. Jonathon was longtime editor of the Society for News Design’s Design magazine and served as president of the Society in 2012. Find his Twitter feed here. Jonathon turns 39 today.
Daniel Berman is an editorial and commercial photographer in Seattle, Wash. A 2012 graduate of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., Daniel served as multimedia editor of Klipsun magazine and lead photographer for the AS Review. He spent some time as a photo editor for MSN Video in Bellevue, Wash., but he’s freelanced since 2006. Find his web site here, his blog here and his Twitter feed here. Daniel turns 27 today.
Michael Braun is a reporter for the breaking news strike team of the News-Press of Fort Myers, Fla. A 1977 graduate of Youngstown State University, Mike spent more than eight years as design desk chief of the Vindicator of Youngstown, Ohio, before joining the News-Press in 2005 as assistant design editor for nights. When Gannett centralized its design functions to its design studios in 2012, Mike moved over to a reporting spot. Find his Twitter feed here. Michael turns 60 today.
Bruce Chambers is a family therapist in Orange, Calif., and a longtime photojournalist. A 1979 graduate of Cal State Fullerton, Bruce spent two years as a photographer for the Desert Sun of Palm Springs, Calif. and two more shooting for the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, N.Y. He moved to the Tucson Citizen in 1982 and then to the Long Beach Press-Telegram a year later. In 1990, Bruce leaped to the Orange County Register, where he worked for 24 years. You might know him best from this iconic photo in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He won kudos in 2011 for interrupting a breaking news assignment to perform CPR on a man who had jumped from a highway bridge. Bruce went back to school to pick up a masters degree in counseling last year.
Susan Knapp is a former news designer who now runs a design and communications business and teaches and writes about quilting and quilt design via her company, Blue Moon River. A 1985 graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., Susan attended grad school at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and then spent several years as a designer for the Charlotte Observer and the Herald-Leader of Lexington, Ky. Find her blog here, her fiber artist Facebook page here and her company’s Facebook page here. Find her Twitter feed here.
Michael Kruse is a staff writer for the enterprise team of the Tampa Bay Times and a contributing writer for Grantland on ESPN.com. A 2000 graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina, Michael spent two years with the Times Record-Herald of Middletown, N.Y. before moving to St. Pete in 2005. He won the Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism from the Florida Society of News Editors in 2011. He was the author of that awesome three-part Last Voyage of the Bounty series you heard so much about last fall. Find his story archive here, his blog here and his Twitter feed here. Michael turns 37 today.
Colin Smith is managing editor for innovation at the Villages Daily Sun of central Florida. A 2000 graduate of the University of Southern California, Colin spent six years as presentation editor of the Salt Lake Tribune before moving to the Gannett Design Studio in Phoenix in 2011. He helped his pal Josh Awtry redesign two papers in two years: The Times-News of Twin Falls, Idaho, in 2011 and then the Coloradoan of Fort Collins in 2012. He created much of the structure for the Arizona Republic‘s redesign earlier this year. Colin moved to Florida in June. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Colin turns 37 today.
Dean Witter is a news copy editor for the Wisconsin State Journal of Madison, Wis. A product of UW-Marathon County, Dean spent five years as a sportswriter and copy editor for the Wausau Daily Herald and then seven in a similar position for the Reporter of Fond du Lac. In 2000, Dean was named assistant sports editor, features designer and design coordinator for the Forum of Fargo, N.D. He moved to Madison in 2004 as a designer and copy editor, then moved to a features copy editor and finally assistant design director. The State Journal eliminated his position last summer, but he signed back on earlier this year for a position on the night desk. Find his Twitter feed here. Dean turns 45 today.
Daniel, Michael, Colin, Jonathon, Dean, Susan, Rebecca, Bruce and Michael share a birthday with actors John Franklin Candy, Robert Michael “Rob” Schneider, Brian Murray (better known as Brian Doyle-Murray), Dermot Mulroney Eugene Maurice Orowitz (better known as Michael Landon), Anthony Calzaretta (better known as Ken Wahl), David Ogden Stiers, Barbara Bel Geddes and Lucille Wood Smith (better known as Dale Evans); musicians Adam Keefe Horovitz (better known as Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys), Robert Matthew Van Winkle (better known as Vanilla Ice), Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Mullen Jr. (of U2), Darryl Wade Worley, Thomas Richard “Tom” Paxton and Willow Camille Reign Smith; sports greats Frank Charles Shorter (long-distance runner), Michael Anthony “Mike” Napoli, Frederick Stanley “Fred” McGriff (both baseball), Louis Brian Piccolo (football) and Nicholas Lou “Nick” Saban (football coach); director Peter Robert Jackson; Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low; Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek; poet John Keats; astronaut Michael Collins and TV journalists Margaret Jane Pauley and Daniel Irvin “Dan” Rather Jr.
In addition to Halloween, today is National Caramel Apple Day, National Breadsticks Day, Day of the Seven Billion, Books For Treats Day, National UNICEF Day and, in Des Moines, Iowa, Beggar’s Night. Seriously.
Have the spookiest birthday ever, folks! Best wishes!