Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five talented visual journalists…
Siyabonga Africa is a fellow for Code for South Africa, which hosts data journalism workshops and projects in South Africa. A 2006 graduate in International Relations and Public Management at the University of Pretoria, Siyabonga earned a graduate degree in journalism from the University of Stellenbosch in 2007 and then worked as a reporter and a columnist for the Sowetan, Joburg Style magazine and ITWeb. In 2009, he moved to the U.S. via a Ford Foundation fellowship to study new media. Siya earned a master’s degree from Indiana University in 2011, after having served internships in various online or social media capacities with the Ford Foundation, Blueline Style and Media Productions, the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction and Indiana Public Media. He moved back to South Africa in 2012 and has worked for marketing firm Trigger/Isobar and media giant Media24. Find Siyabonga’s web site here and his Twitter feed here. Siya turns 29 today.
Cori Faklaris is engagement producer for the Indianapolis Star and Indy Star Media. A 1995 graduate of the University of Illinois, Cori spent a year as a correspondent for the Peoria, Ill., Journal Star before joining the Star in 1997. She designed news and served as the paper’s CCI super user. She was moved to the Star’s digital operation in 2013 as Local Network Editor. She moved into her current position earlier this month. Find her work for the Star here, her personal web site here and her Twitter feed here.
Kerry Johnson is art director and special publications manager for the American Physical Society in Washington, D.C. A 1990 graduate of Ohio State University, Kerry worked as an artist at the North Hills News Record and then the Post-Gazette, both of Pittsburgh, before becoming graphics director of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in 1998. He moved to the Baltimore Sun as graphics editor in 2002 and moved on to the APS in 2005. He also does cartoons and caricatures on the side. Find his web site here, his Facebook fan page here and his Twitter feed here.
Kathryn Morton is managing editor for design at the Central Penn Business Journal in Harrisburg, Pa. The holder of both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, Kathryn worked at the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, the Daily Sentinel‘s Buzz magazine and the Stephen F. Austin Pine Log before moving to Pennsylvania in 2005. She’s married to designer Chris Anderson. Find Kathryn’s Twitter feed here.
Heather Price is a copy editor for eMarketer of New York. A 2009 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Heather served as slot editor for the student paper there, the Daily Nebraskan, and interned for the L.A. City Beat before moving to the American News & Farm Forum of Aberdeen, S.D. After a year there, she moved back to Lincoln and spent two years as a copy editor and page designer for the Journal Star. She moved to New York in 2013. Find Heather’s Tumblr blog here, her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.
Heather, Cori, Siya, Kathryn and Kerry share a birthday with actors Lacey Nicole Chabert, Jennifer Mary Butala (better known as Jenna Elfman), Monica Bellucci, Eric Stoltz, Francine Joy “Fran” Drescher, Anthony “Tony” Hale, Angeline Brown (better known as Angie Dickinson) and Barry William Blenkhorn (better known as Barry Williams); musicians Faheem Rashad Najm (better known as T-Pain), Ernest Giuseppe “Trey” Anastasio III (of Phish), Robert Carl Takac Jr. (of the Goo Goo Dolls), drummer Bernard “Buddy” Rich; Marc Feld (better known as Marc Bolan of T-Rex), Marilyn McCoo, Franklin Joseph “Frankie” Lymon and John Royce “Johnny” Mathis; sports greats Martina Hingis (tennis), Dominique Moceanu (gymnastics), Justin Smith (football) and Robin Evan Roberts (baseball); chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.; politician Lester Garfield Maddox and writers Truman Streckfus Persons (better known as Truman Capote) and Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel.
In addition, today is Blasphemy Day, International Translation Day and Ask a Stupid Question Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, all! Have an excellent birthday today!