Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six outstanding visual journalists…
Julie Dart works on the editorial staff of the Indiana Register and Administrative Code Division, based in Indianapolis. A 1980 graduate of Scropps College, Julie earned a master’s degree from UC Berkeley in 1985. She interned at the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the Los Angeles Times before going to work for the San Bernardino Sun. She moved to Indianapolis in 1987 and spent five years with the Indianapolis News and then 10 years with the Indianapolis Star as a content and copy editor. In 2012, she moved to the Arizona Republic in Phoenix as a copy editor for features and business. She returned to Indiana and spent a year with the office for code revision before starting in her current position last summer. She’s currently studying paralegal studies from Indiana Purdue at Indianapolis.
Elisa Glass is art director for the Atlantic magazine in Washington, D.C. Originally from Virginia Beach, Elisa earned a bachelors degree in Spanish at the University of Virginia before heading to the University of Missouri. She worked for the Missourian and for Vox magazine, earning a masters degree in magazine design in 2008. She interned at the Southern Progress Corporation before moving to the D.C. area, where she became a designer for Northern Virginia magazine. She was promoted to senior designer in 2010 and art director in 2011. She moved to the Atlantic in 2013. Elisa turns 32 today.
Lindsay Hack is a designer for the Gannett Design Studio in Louisville, Ky. She’s a 2006 graduate of Ball State University who served an internship at the Louisville Courier-Journal and then never left. She designed for all sections of the paper plus special projects and then rolled over into the studio when Gannett went to its hub system in 2011. In her spare time, she creates and sells handmade jewelry. Find her Etsy store here, her hobby blog here, her news design portfolio blog here and her Twitter feed here. Lindsay turns 31 today.
Lauren Huntington is a designer for the Star-Tribune of Casper, Wyo. A 2008 graduate of Casper College, Lauren spent a year as art director for the Moon Valley Tattler in Phoenix, Ariz., before joining the Star Tribune in 2011. Find her Twitter feed here. Lauren turns 28 today.
Christopher Kozlowski is creative services manager for BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa, Fla. 1986 graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Chris worked as a reporter for the Northville Record and Novi News in Michigan before becoming a designer for the Ft. Wayne, Indiana, News-Sentinel. After that, he worked as design editor of the Lansing State Journal, design editor of the North Hills News Record in Warrendale, Pa., graphics editor — and then AME/Presentation — of the Detroit News, and news design editor at the Boston Globe. He spent a year as Creative Director of Belo Interactive in 1999 before moving back into print as AME/Presentation of the Arizona Republic in Phoenix. He joined the St. Petersburg Times in 2006 as graphics and multimedia director and was promoted to design editor in 2012. He departed the Times last month. Koz turns 53 today.
Larrisa Turner is content coach for the Journal and Courier of Lafayette, Ind. A 2007 graduate of Purdue University, Larrisa spent two-and-a-half years as a copy editor for the Journal and Courier before moving to Gannett’s Louisville in 2012. She moved back to Lafayette a year later and moved into her current position in November. Find her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.
Lauren, Julie, Lindsay, Elisa, Larrisa and Koz share a birthday with actors Pauley Perrette, Nathan Fillion, Brenda Song, Taylor Humphries, Michael Hugh Johnson (better known as Michael York), David Janssen, Richard Denning and Gloria Josephine Mae Swenson (better known as Gloria Swanson); musicians Mariah Carey, Stacy Ann “Fergie” Ferguson (of the Black Eyed Peas), Kimbra Lee Johnson (who usually goes by just her first name), Anthony George “Tony” Banks (of Genesis) and Sarah Lois Vaughan; director Quentin Jerome Tarantino; radio and TV announcer Frederick William Foy; sports greats William Caleb “Cale” Yarborough (auto racing), Robert Joseph Guerrero (boxing), Michael Brent Cuddyer, Gerald Dempsey “Buster” Posey III (both baseball), James Michael “Mike” Curtis and Randall Cunningham (both football); political commentator Anthony Lewis; politician Cyrus Roberts Vance; cartoonist Carl Barks; lithographer Nathaniel Currier and architect Ludwig Mies van deer Rohe.
In addition, today is Celebrate Exchange Day, Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day and Viagra Day. Seriously.
Have a truly great birthday today, all! Best wishes!