Birthdays for Monday, Jan. 26

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


Kevin Cox is a senior copy editor with Meredith publications in Des Moines, Iowa. A 1992 graduate of Loyola University in Chicago, Kevin earned a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He spent nine years with the Des Moines Register in a variety of editing positions, including assistant features editor. He moved to Meredith in 2007. Kevin turns 45 today.


Mike Dizon is a graphic journalist for the Straits Times of Singapore. A 1991 graduate of the University of Santo Tomas, Michael worked with Crown Cards and Avon before joining POL Advertising in 1996. He joined the Straits Times in 1998. Find a few of his paintings here. Mike turns 45 today.


Sara Harvey is a designer for the Lee Enterprises design center in Munster, Ind. A 2009 graduate of Chicago’s Columbia College, Sara served as copy desk chief and then managing editor for the student paper there, the Columbia Chronicle. She interned for the Chicago Tribune‘s RedEye as a designer and copy editor. She went to work for the Times of Northwest Indiana in 2011. She also freelances — the Chicago Headline Club is one of her clients. Find her portfolio here.


Max Schulte is assistant photo editor for the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, N.Y. A 1996 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Max went to work as a shooter for the D&C in 1997 and has been there for 18 years. Find his Twitter feed here. Max turns 43 today.


Rinku Sharma is DNE for design at the Hindustan Times of Delhi, India. A graduate of the government college of Dharmshala, he turns 32 today.


Lon Wagner is director of communications for Ameritox, a manufacturer of medication monitoring solutions in Baltimore, Md. A 1986 graduate of the University of Delaware, Lon spent nearly 15 years as a reporter and project editor for the Virginian-Pilot. In 2009, Lon left the Pilot for ValueOptions, a behavioral health company. He leaped to Ameritox in 2012. Find his Twitter feed here.

Rinku, Max, Sara, Kevin, Mike and Lon share a birthday with actors Paul Leonard Newman and Theodore Scott Glenn; musicians Lucinda Williams, Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen and Anita Baker; dancer Kherington Taylor Payne; sports greats Wayne Douglas Gretzky (hockey), Vincent Lamar “Vince” Carter (basketball), James Torrey Smith, Manti Malietau Louis Te’o (both football), Henry Thomas Cotton (golf) and Robert George “Bob” Uecker (announcer); football coach-turned-sex abuser Gerald Arthur “Jerry” Sandusky; general Douglas MacArthur; authors Angela Davis and Philip José Farmer; cartoonist Jules Ralph Feiffer and TV hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Eugene Kal “Gene” Siskel.

In addition, today is National Peanut Brittle Day, Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement, Lotus 1-2-3 Day and Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Seriously.

Have a great birthday, folks! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Sunday, Jan. 25

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


Greg Branson is assistant managing editor for presentation and innovation for the Kansas City Star. A 1992 graduate of Kansas State University, Greg spent two years as an artist for the News-Leader of Springfield, Mo., before becoming assistant graphics editor and A1 designer for the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. In 2003, Greg became editor of the Osawatomie (Kan.) Graphic and then publisher of three community papers in Miami County, Kansas. He moved to Kansas City in 2006. Greg turns 45 today.


Carrie Gee is design director for Adweek magazine in New York City. A 2007 graduate of Michigan State University, Carrie served an internship at the Virginian-Pilot in 2006 and then, as the first-ever winner of the Society for News Design’s “the Intern” contest, worked at the San Jose Mercury News the next year. She became A1 news designer for the the Portland Oregonian in 2007 but left two years after her fiancé, Martin Gee, started work for the Boston Globe. She and Martin got married in 2011 and Carrie started work — as a designer for Ready-Media and the Font Bureau in Boston and art director for Edible Vineyard magazine — that summer. She moved to her current position in 2013. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here. Carrie turns 31 today.


Amanda Goehlert is a publications designer for Sport Graphics of Indianapolis. A 2004 graduate of the University of Missouri, Amanda earned a Master’s Degree from Ball State University and interned at the Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, Va., and the Dallas Morning News. She spent four-and-a-half years as A1 designer at the Indianapolis Star before departing for Sport Graphics in 2010. Find her personal portfolio site here. Amanda turns 33 today.


Huy Mach is a photographer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He’s a 2003 graduate of Western Kentucky University. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.


Christina Nuckols is communications advisor to the Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources. A graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., Christina earned a master’s degree from Ohio University and worked at a series of papers in western Virginia. She spent a year at the state capitol reporting for the Roanoke Times before switching over to a corporate sister paper, the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, to cover state government and politics. She later moved to the Pilot’s editorial page and then, in 2012, back to Roanoke as editorial page editor. She moved into the public sector last year. Find her Twitter feed here. Christina turns 48 today.


Mary Lynn Rynkiewicz is director of communications for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in Washington, D.C. 1996 graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, Mary Lynn earned a master’s degree in 1997 from Columbia University and worked as a features editor, online editor and publicist for the Hill in Washington, D.C. She also taught a class on political journalism at Georgetown University. In 2005, she joined the Newspaper Association of America’s PressTime magazine as a staff writer. After NAA closed down PressTime in 2009, Mary Lynn spent a year as a senior proposal writer for SRA International and another year as an editorial manager for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She spent a year as communications and contract manager for the NextGen Institute before starting in her current position in 2013.


Melanie Wass is a senior page designer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. A graduate of the University of Phoenix-Pittsburgh, Melanie joined the Tribune-Review in 1999. Find her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.

Carrie, Amanda, Huy, Melanie Greg, Christina and Mary Lynn share a birthday with actor Dean Carroll Jones; musicians Alicia Augello Cook (better known as Alicia Keys), Jamesetta Hawkins (better known as Etta James) and Richard Raymond Finch (of KC and the Sunshine Band); director Tobe Hooper; writers Adeline Virginia Woolf, William Somerset Maugham and Robert Burns; sports greats Carl Eller and Louis Roy “Lou” Groza (football), Elzie Wylie “Buddy” Baker Jr. (auto racing), Xavier “Xavi” Hernández i Creus (soccer), Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko (tennis), Steve Roland Prefontaine (track and field) and William Ernest “Ernie” Harwell (baseball announcer); Filipino leader Maria Corazon Sumulong Cojuangco-Aquino; TV newsman Edwin Harold Newman; music journalist Timothy White and comic book creator Geoff Johns.

In addition, today is National Irish Coffee Day, A Room of One’s Own Day, Opposite Day, Soup Swap Day, World Leprosy Day and Macintosh Computer Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Saturday, Jan. 24

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


Judie Anderson spent 19 years as an art director and illustrator for the Chicago Tribune before retiring in 2001. She’s a 1960 graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied under LeRoy Nieman. She spent several years as an illustrator of children’s textbooks before joining the Tribune in 1982. Get a glimpse of some of her work here. Judie turns 76 today.


Whitney Baker is web production and design manager for the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. A 2011 graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Whitney worked on the city and multimedia desks of the student paper there, the Daily Tar Heel and studied abroad at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. She interned at Paste magazine in Decatur, Ga., served a fellowship with UNC’s News21 project and then interned at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies in Durham. She also spent a year as a community coordinator for the Music Maker Relief Foundation in Hillsborough, N.C. She took on her current job last summer. Whitney turns 26 today.


Julie Elman is a professor at Ohio University. I’m on the record as calling her quite possibly the greatest A1 designer the world has ever seen. Her work at the Virginian-Pilot was nothing short of astounding. Julie joined the Pilot in 1994 as a night photo editor and then a designer. She taught at the University of Missouri for a year, then returned to the Pilot. She moved to Ohio in 2005. Her interesting artistic hobby: People write and tell her their fears and she illustrates it. Find her collection here and her blog here.


Sean Gentille is an NHL writer for the Sporting News, based in Pittsburgh, Pa. A 2008 graduate of the University of Maryland, Sean served internships with USA Today, the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post, most often working the dot-com side. He joined the Sporting News to work with an experimental PDF publication called Sporting News Today in 2008. He was promoted in 2011 to senior editor, in charge of hockey and hoops. He moved to the writing side in 2013. Find his story archive here and his Twitter feed here. Sean turns 29 today.


Deon Lamprecht is an editor, fact-checker and rewriter for Huisgenoot and You, popular general-interest magazines for Afrikaans and English-speaking readers, respectively, in South Africa. Previously, Deon was an assistant editor and features writer for Rapport, the national Afrikaans-language Sunday paper published in Johannesburg.


Jolene McHugh is an imaging specialist for the World-Herald of Omaha, Neb.

Whitney, Sean, Jolene, Deon, Julie and Judie share a birthday with actors John Adam Belushi, Ermes Effron Borgnino (better known as Ernest Borgnine), Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski (better known as Nastassia Kinski), Sharon Marie Tate, Matthew Lyn Lillard, Mischa Anne Marsden Barton, Kristen Schaal and Tatyana Marisol Ali; musicians Neil Leslie Diamond, Warren William Zevon, Julian Miles “Jools” Holland and Aaron Neville; comedian Yakov Naumovich Pokhis (better known as Yakov Smirnoff), sports greats Brian Cushing (football), Scott Andrew Speed (auto racing) and Mary Lou Retton (gymnastics), zoologist Desmond John Morris, televangelist Granville Oral Roberts and former presidential girlfriend Gertrude Gennifer Flowers.

In addition, today is Belly Laugh Day, Beer Can Day, National Compliment Day, National Peanut Butter Day, Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day and Fancy Rat and Mouse Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Friday, Jan. 23

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


John Amoss is an associate professor at the University of North Georgia in Gainesville, Ga., northeast of Atlanta. A 1987 graduate of the University of Georgia, John spent eight years as a news artist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before becoming an instructor at the Atlanta College of Art. After earning a master’s degree at Georgia, he began teaching at Gainesville State College in 2005. The school changed its name last year. John also plays guitar, accordion, piano, ukulele and harmonica for a retro-Americana music group called the Hobohemians. Find their web site here. John turns 52 today.


Ron Crow is editor for community news at the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk. A 1983 graduate of Penn State University, Ron spent several years on the Pilot’s online news team. Ron turns the big five-oh today.


Susan Mernit is a web manager, marketer, consultant, developer and blogger based in Oakland, Calif., and the founder of Oakland Local, a local news and community hub. Susan is a graduate of Bard College in Annandale on Hudson, N.Y., and earned a master’s degree from Ohio State. She led the team that developed Yahoo Personals, was vice-president of network strategy for America Online and vice-president of programming, design and production for Netscape. In 2012, she founded Hack the Hood, which hopes to teach tech and career skills among inner-city youth. Find her blog here and her Twitter feed here.


Tim Sharp is a reference editor for the TechMediaNetwork of Ogden, Utah. A 1982 graduate of the University of Kansas, Tim spent a year as a copy editor for the Fort Collins Coloradoan, three years at the Austin American-Statesman and then ten years at the St. Petersburg Times before moving to New York to serve as assistant technology editor for the New York Times. He spent eight years as online editor for the Des Moines Register and five years as a content development editor with the Hazelden Foundation in Center City, Minn., before moving to TechMedia in 2012. He and his longtime partner, Gage Church, got married on Christmas Eve, 2013. Find their web site here. Find Tim’s YouTube feed here and his Twitter feed here. Tim turns 55 today.


Astrid Verbeek is a subeditor — what we’d call a copy editor — for Media24′s Sondag tabloid in Johannesburg, South Africa. She’s a 1986 graduate of North-West University.

Astrid, Ron, John, Tim and Susan share a birthday with actors Richard Dean Anderson, Rutger Oelsen Hauer, Gilbert “Gil” Gerard, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Mariska Magdolna Hargitay, George Randolph Scott, Ernest Edward “Ernie” Kovacs and Delores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero (better known as Chita Rivera); sports greats Brendan Frederick Shanahan (hockey), Patrick Capper “Pat” Haden and Gerald Louis “Jerry” Kramer (both football); painter Édouard Manet; model Doutzen Kroes; founding father John Hancock; Caroline Louise Marguerite Grimaldi (better known as Princess Caroline of Monaco) and airline pilot-turned-hero Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III.

In addition, today is National Handwriting Day, National Pie Day and Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Thursday, Jan. 22

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


Michael Corey is senior news applications developer at the Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, Calif. A 2002 graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Michael worked as a digital content editor for the Des Moines Register, for its youth tab, Juice, and then as Register‘s digital projects editor. His work on Iowa Caucus coverage in 2007 won a National Headliner award for distinguished online journalism. He moved to California three years ago. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.


Eric Ginnard is a freelance photojournalist in Rapid City, S.D. A 2012 graduate of Southern Illinois University, Eric served internships with the Journal-News of Hillsboro, Ill., and the Southern Illinoisan of Carbondale. He spent a year shooting for the Gillette News Record and then four months working for the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal before going freelance last fall. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.


Kyle McCall is a a writer for A 2005 graduate of Southern Illinois University, Kyle spent two yeas as a designer and copy editor for the Richmond County Daily Journal of Rockingham, N.C. before moving to the Tribune-Star of Terre Haute, Ind., in 2007. He left Indiana and moved to Colorado in 2012 to work as a reporter, editor and designer for the Daily Camera of Boulder. He moved to Rivals last spring. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. Kyle turns 33 today.


Sam Noblet is a marketing coordinator for Brinkman Partners and a freelance commercial and portrait photographer in Fort Collins, Colo. A 2012 graduate of Colorado State University, Sam shot for the student paper there, the Rocky Mountain Collegian, served as chief photographer in 2010 and then editor-in-chief his senior year. He served internships at the Greeley Tribune and the Coloradoan of Fort Collins, Colo., and did some freelancing for the Loveland Reporer-Herald. Sam turns 28 today. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.


Simone Puterman is editor-at-large for MarkLives, a site that covers media in South Africa. She’s based in Johannesburg but is currently based in Paris. A 1996 graduate of Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, Simone sent seven years with WriteStuff, a niche and business-to-business publisher. She moved to 3S Special Editions in 2005 and then to BizCommunity in 2007. She started there as an assistant editor and was promoted to senior sub-editor, managing editor in 2010 and then to editor-at-large in 2012. She moved to MarkLives in 2013. Find her Twitter feed here.

Eric, Sam, Kyle, Michael and Simone share a birthday with actors John Vincent Hurt, Wilfred Baily Everett “Bill” Bixby III, Linda Denise Blair, Olivia Jane d’Abo, John Wesley Shipp, Diane Lane and Rosetta Jacobs (better known as Piper Laurie); musicians Stephen Ray “Steve” Perry (of Journey), Samuel “Sam” Cooke, Michael Kelland John Hutchence (of INXS), Jeffrey Allen Townes (better known as DJ Jazzy Jeff), Amanda Lee Modano (better known as Willa Ford) and Steven Adler; TV chef Guy Ramsay Fieri; sports greats Carlos Joaquín Ruiz (baseball), Raymell Maurice “Ray” Rice (football) and George Seifert (football coach); director David Llewelyn Wark Griffith; author Joseph Aloysius Wambaugh Jr.; philosopher Francis Bacon and comic book artist Nelson Alexander “Alex” Ross.

In addition, today is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Celebration of Life Day, Data Innovation Day and Women’s Healthy Weight Day. Seriously.

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