Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to three superlative visual journalists…
Nick Feely is associate managing editor for sports at the Villages Daily Sun in central Florida. A 2007 graduate of the State University of New York college at Geneseo, Nick interned at Bleacher Report and at the Trentonian of Trenton, N.J., while earning a master’s degree from Syracuse University. He started work at the Villages in November 2010 as a copy editor, designer, and baseball and college hoops columnist. He was promoted to his current position in 2013. Find Nick’s Twitter feed here.
Joshua Gillin is a reporter for PolitiFact Florida and the Tampa Bay Times of St. Petersburg, Fla. A 1998 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Josh spent a year as a copy editor at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and three-and-a-half years as a news planner and designer for the Savannah Morning News before moving to the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2002. He designed page one, served as editor of the Inky‘s Weekend magazine and was presentation editor of sports. In 2006, he moved to TBT — the youth-oriented tabloid of the then-St. Petersburg Times — as a columnist, designer, and web editor. He moved to his current position in 2013. Find his PolitiFact work here, his blogging work for the Poynter Institute here, his personal blog here and his Twitter feed here. Joshua turns 39 today.
Ian Lawson is lead sports designer for the World-Herald of Omaha, Neb. He spent three yeas as an editor and designer for the Ledger Independent of Maysville, Ky., before moving to the Gannett design studio in Louisville, Ky. in December 2011. He moved to Omaha in 2013. Find his portfolio here. Ian turns 35 today.
Ian, Joshua and Nick share a birthday with actors Jesse Bradford Watrouse (who normally goes only by his first two names), Cameron Boyce and Joseph Michael Cross; musicians John Cameron Fogerty, Kylie Ann Minogue, Gladys Maria Knight and Wendy Orlean Williams; TV host Elisabeth DelPadre Filarski (better known as Elisabeth Hasselbeck); sports greats Jacobus Franciscus “Jim” Thorpe, William Percival “Percy” Harvin III, Michael Jerome Oher (all three football), Jerry Alan West and Glen Anthony Rice (both basketball) and Ben Howland (basketball coach); funny doctor Hunter Doherty “Patch” Adams; authors Walker Percy and Ian Lancaster Fleming; politicians Rudolph William Louis “Rudy” Giuliani, Marco Antonio Rubio and Marshall Clement “Mark” Sanford Jr. and cartoonist Lynn Johnston.
In addition, today is Sierra Club Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, you three! Have a wonderful birthday!