Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to seven excellent visual journalists…
Gerri Berendzen is the Knight Visiting News Editor and visiting assistant professor at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. Gerri earned a master’s degree from the University of Missouri in 1986 and then spent eight years at the Suburban Journals in St. Louis before moving to the Quincy (Ill.) Herald-Whig. She spent eight years as a copy editor and wire editor and then 17 years as editorial production coordinator before leaving the Whig last summer. Gerri is also director of communications for the American Copy Editors Society. Find her Twitter feed here. Gerri turns 57 today.
Stephanie Hinderer is digital news editor for Newsmax Media Inc. of Seattle. A 2004 graduate of Shorter College in Rome, Ga., Stephanie served a year as managing editor of the school’s student paper and then two years as editor in chief. She spent two years as a copy editor for the Daily Times in Salisbury, Md., before moving to the Metro tabloids of New York, Boston and Philadelphia in 2007. She was promoted to national art director in 2011 and moved to Santa Fe in 2012 to become art director for Kolibri Languages guides. In addition, Stephanie runs a side business, a line of Christian-themed greeting cards via her firm, the Red Letter Paper Company. Find her Etsy storefront here, her blog here and her Twitter feed here. Find her personal Twitter feed here.
Amy Olding is a page designer for the Lee Enterprises design studio in Munster, Ind. A 2008 graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., Amy spent that summer as a graphics intern at the Oregonian of Portland. She spent nearly a year as a designer for Ball State’s Institute for Digital Intermedia Art, creating flyers, posters, newsletters, web pages and an iPhone app. Amy caught on in at the News-Leader of Springfield, Mo., in early 2010. She moved to Munster in 2012. Find her portfolio here, her web site here and her Twitter feed here.
Brenda Schlicht is a graphic artist at the Fort Myers, Fla., News Press. She spent two years as an assistant for sculptor Frank Creech in Smithfield, N.C., and then 11 years as an ad artist for the News & Observer in Raleigh. She moved to Strategic Images in Pittsburgh in 1997, to the Globe and Rotovue in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2001 and Moore & Scarry Advertising in Fort Myers in 2003. She joined the News Press in 2005. She also works as a promoter for ViSalus Body By Vi, a weight-loss and health firm.
Ernie Smith is a social media journalist for McMurry/TMG in Washington, D.C., and creator of the late, great ShortFormBlog. A 2004 graduate of Michigan State, Ernie worked as a temporary designer with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel before joining Bluffton Today near Hilton Head, S.C., in 2005. A year later, Ernie moved to Link, the Virginian-Pilot’s free youth tabloid. After that publication closed in December 2008, Ernie caught on with Express, a tabloid published by the Washington Post. Around that same time, Ernie created ShortFormBlog, his very successful experimental news site. He shut that down a while back and replaced it with his latest effort — an e-mail newsletter he calls Tedium. Ernie moved to TMG in 2013. Find samples of his print work here and his Twitter feed here. Ernie turns 34 today.
Michelle Steimle is a designer for the Gannett Design Studio in Asbury Park, N.J.
Brooke Veigl is a sales development manager for Concentra in Addison, Texas. A 2003 graduate of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, Brooke spent two year as a copy editor for the Times Record News of Wichita Falls and then three more years as a features designer. She moved out of journalism in 2009, spent three years with an electronics maker and joined Concentra in 2012. Find Brooke’s web site here and her Twitter feed here.
Ernie, Stephanie, Amy, Michelle, Gerri, Brooke and Brenda share a birthday with actors Dwayne Douglas Johnson, Roscoe Lee Browne, Theodore Meir Bikel and Gerald David “Lorenzo” Music; musicians Lily Rose Beatrice Allen, Arnold George Dorsey (better known as Englebert Humperdinck), Laure Pester (better known as French singer Lorie), Larry Wayne Gatlin (of the Gatlin Brothers) and Leslie Sue Goldstein (better known as Leslie Gore); models Naomi Campbell and Bianca Pérez-Morra Macias (better known as Bianca Jagger); sports greats David Robert Joseph Beckham (soccer), Kyle Thomas Busch (auto racing), Sarah Elizabeth Hughes (figure skating), Russell Scott “Russ” Grimm (football) and Maurice Allen Rosenberg (better known as sportswriter Maury Allen); baby doctor Benjamin McLane Spock; World War I pilot Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (better known as the Red Baron), politician James Francis Byrnes; Russian leader Sophia Augusta Frederica (better known as Catherine II, or Catherine the Great) and journalists Elda Furry (better known as Hedda Hopper) and Abraham Michael “A.M.” Rosenthal.
In addition, today is Free Comic Book Day, the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Join Hands Day, National Scrapbooking Day, Beer Pong Day, National Homebrew Day and World Naked Gardening Day. Seriously.
Have a wonderful birthday, all! Best wishes!