Birthdays for Wednesday, Nov. 26

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


Christopher Foster is an illustrator, designer and copy editor for Lee Enterprises in Madison, Wis. A 1995 graduate of Illinois State University, Chris spent a year-and-a-half as an ad artist for the News-Sun of Waukegan, Ill., before moving to the Beacon-News of Aurora, Ill. as a news and special sections designer. He moved to the News-Sun of Lake County in 2001 as a sports and features designer, was named lead designer and systems editor in 2004. He joined the GateHouse hub in Rockford, Ill., in 2012 and leaped to Lee in June. Chris turns 43 today.


Mike Jarboe is chief of the copy desk for the Times Union of Albany, N.Y. He also writes a horseracing and handicapping column for the paper. A product of Pennsylvania Military College, Mike spent a few years as a freelance reporter for the Courier Post and the Burlington County Times of Willingboro, N.J., before signing on at the Register-News of Bordentown, N.J., in 1977 as a cops and government reporter. In 1979, he moved to the Burlington Country Herald of Mount Holly, N.J., as a cops reporter and, eventually, editor. He moved in 1981 Syracuse to become metro editor of the Post-Standard. He became Op-Ed editor and then moved again in 1987 to a copy editing spot at the Milwaukee Sentinel. Mike has been with the Times Union coming up on 25 years. In his spare time, he plays the fiddle. Find his Twitter feed here.


Megan Ruyle is a copy editor and designer for the Hill newspaper in Washington D.C. A 2002 graduate of UNC-Wilmington, Megan worked as a copy editor and designer for the Wilmington Star-News before attending grad school at the University of Missouri. She then worked as a designer at the Lewiston, Maine, Sun Journal and then as a copy editor for Gannett’s Army Times Publishing company in Springfield, Va., just south of D.C. She moved to her current job in 2009. Find her portfolio here, her fitness and running blog here and her Twitter feed here. Megan turns 35 today.


Rinku Sharma is deputy news editor for design at the Hindustan Times in New Delhi, India. He turns 31 today.

Rinku, Megan, Christopher and Mike share a birthday with actors Kristin Neubauer (better known as Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Richard Caruthers “Rich” Little; musicians Robert Gerard Goulet, John Graham McVie (of Fleetwood Mac), Natasha Anne Bedingfield, Rita Sahatçiu Ora and Anna Mae Bullock (better known as Tina Turner); sports greats Arthur “Art” Shell, Harold Donald “Harry” Carson and Roger Wehrli (all three football), Dale Arnold Jarrett (auto racing), Vernon Louis “Lefty” Gomez, Matthew Martin “Matt” Carpenter (both baseball) and Shawn T. Kemp (basketball); sci-fi author Frederik George Pohl Jr.; TV journalist Arnold Eric Sevareid, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and cartoonist Charles Monroe Schulz.

In addition, today is Tie One On Day. Seriously.

Have a fantastic birthday today, folks! Best wishes!

All three edition front pages of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Here was the first edition of today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the day after a grand jury elected not to charge the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man in Ferguson, Mo., this summer.


The lead photo was of police officers in riot gear, as a police car burns in the background. The picture was by staffer Christian Gooden.

Not a whole lot changed for the second edition front.


For the third edition, the stories updated and the lead photo was swapped for one that showed folks taking photos of themselves in front of a burning business on West Florissant Street.


The photo was by Robert Cohen.

Assistant managing editor for presentation Santiago Carlos Ayulo tells us the pages were designed by Wade Wilson, Josh Renaud and himself:

The three of us kicked around [ideas] with night news editor Ron Wade a couple of days ago.

Average daily circulation for the Post-Dispatch is 187,992.

Birthdays for Tuesday, Nov. 25

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to nine remarkable visual journalists…


Jacqueline Bica is a freelance editorial designer in Santa Rosa, Brazil. A 2004 graduate of the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Jacqueline spent five years as a designer and artist for the Jornal do Comércio and Jornal Bem Estar in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Find her blog here and her Twitter feed here. Jacqueline turns 33 today.


Tom Brew is an editor for the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A 1980 graduate of Indiana University, Tom was a sportswriter for the St. Petersburg Times and then spent five years as night sports editor for the Tampa Tribune. He moved to the Indianapolis Star in 2004 as chief of the copy desk but was laid off in June 2011. His novel — The Ties that Bind – was released last month. Find his Twitter feed here. Tom turns 56 today.


Alex Chihak is an editor for the Associated Press in Phoenix, Ariz. A 2005 graduate of the University of Arizona, Alex served as chief of the copy desk for the Arizona Daily Wildcat and a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund internship at the Denver Post before signing on as a copy editor and page designer for the News-Messenger/News Herald of Fremont, Ohio. In 2008, he moved to the Globe-News of Amarillo, Texas to work slot, design pages and produce web pages. He moved to the Austin American-Statesman in 2011 but was then folded into the Cox Media Group editing hub in West Palm Beach, Fla., in 2012. He joined the AP in February. Alex is also a huge fan of amusement park roller coasters. Find his hobby web site here and his photo blog here. Alex turns 32 today.


Jeff Eckhoff is communications manager for the Center for Industrial Research and Service at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. A 1992 graduate of the University of Missouri, Jeff spent two years with the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune before moving to the Philadelphia Inquirer as a suburban reporter. He then worked with the Central Penn Business Journal before moving to the Des Moines Register in 1996 as a courts reporter. He also covered business and government in his 17 years with the Register. Gannett laid off in 2013. He freelanced a while before joining CIRAS last winter. Find Jeff’s Twitter feed here.


Mike Hixenbaugh is a military reporter for the Virginian-Pilot. A 2007 graduate of the University of Akron, Mike was news editor of the student paper there, the Buchtelite. He reported for the Courier-Journal of Ravenna, Ohio before signing on with the Rocky Mount (N.C.) Telegram in 2007. He moved to the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer in 2010 and then to the Pilot in 2011. He switched from education to the military beat in 2012. Find Mike’s web site here and his Twitter feed here. Mike turns 30 today.


Cindy Miller is a communications, management and training consultant in Marietta, Ga. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Cindy earned a master’s degree from Kennesaw State University and spent seven years as a features editor at the Gwinnett (Ga.) Daily News and then ten years as metro editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She works as a consultant by herself and also as a team with her husband, Edward. In addition, Cindy is director of marketing and strategy for WOW! transformations, a training firm. Find her web site here, her blog here, her Twitter feed here, WOW’s site here and Edward’s page here.


Terry Plumb retired seven years ago after 20 years as editor of the Herald of Rock Hill, S.C. A 1966 graduate of Notre Dame, Terry spent time working in U.S. Army Intelligence. He spent two years as editor of the Sun of Clearwater, Fla., and nine as editor of the Island Packet of Hilton Head, S.C. before moving to Rock Hill in 1987. He spent a year or so as a media relations specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau and still does some writing and editing on the side. Terry turns 69 today.


Elizabeth Sedrel is copy chief for Better Homes and Gardens magazine in Des Moines, Iowa. A graduate of Northwestern University, she spent several years at the Des Moines Register and then at Meredith/Kraft Integrated Marketing. She’s also an instructor at Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping in Des Moines.


Warren Watson is a journalism consultant and trainer based in East Winthrop, Maine. A 1973 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Warren spent seven years as managing editor of the Portland (Maine) Press Herald and six years as a vice president at the American Press Institute in Reston, Va. He served as president of the Society for News Design in 2003 and then was Director of J-Ideas for Ball State University’s First Amendment Institute. He earned a master’s degree from Ball State in 2008 and spent five years as executive director of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in Phoenix, Ariz. He moved back east in August. Warren turns 64 today.

Mike, Alex, Jacqueline, Jeff, Elizabeth, Tom, Cindy, Warren and Terry share a birthday with actors Christina Applegate, Jillian Noel Hennessy, William Albert “Billy” Burke, John Barnard Larroquette, Henry Herman McKinnies (better known as Jeffrey Hunter), Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino (better known as just Ricardo Montalbán) and Noel Neill; musicians Percy Sledge and Amy Lee Grant; presidential children Jenna Welch Bush Hager, Barbara Pierce Bush and John Fitzgerald “John-John” Kennedy Jr.; sports greats Edward William “Eddie” Shore (hockey), Russell Earl O’Dey (better known as Bucky Dent), Joseph Paul DiMaggio, Nicholas Thompson “Nick” Swisher (all three baseball), Donovan Jamal McNabb, Cristopher D. “Cris” Carter, Bernard Joseph “Bernie” Kosar Jr. (all three football), Joe Jackson Gibbs and Charles “Chip” Kelly (football coaches); mystery author Charlaine Harris; steel magnate-turned-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie; automotive inventor Karl Benz; Chilean leader Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte; prohibition advocate Carrie Amelia Moore Nation, convicted Enron executive Jeffrey Keith “Jeff” Skilling and Nixon-speechwriter-turned-actor-turned TV pitchman Benjamin Jeremy “Ben” Stein.

In addition, today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Shopping Reminder Day, Blasé Day and International Hat Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have the best birthday ever!

Birthdays for Monday, Nov. 24

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


Larry Buchanan is a graphics and multimedia editor for the New York Times. A 2011 graduate of Indiana University, Larry served as art director for the Indiana Daily Student newspaper and Inside magazine, interned for the Hartford (Conn.) Courant and the school’s office of creative services. In addition, he’s been a visual columnist for McSweeney’s magazine since 2011. Larry joined the Times in 2013. Find his personal web site here, his McSweeney’s work here and his Twitter feed here. Larry turns 26 today.


Ricardo Cervera is a designer for Grupo La República in Lima, Peru. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.

Katie Davis is a nursing assistant in Decatur, Ill. A 2006 graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Katie spent a year at the News Democrat in Belleville, Ill, before moving to the State Journal Register of Springfield, Ill. She and her Springfield colleagues were laid off in 2012 when GateHouse moved all its editing and design functions to Rockford, Ill. Katie had also worked with adults with developmental disabilities, so it’s not surprising that she went into nursing. She still freelances for the News-Progress of Sullivan, Ill., and writes obits for the Herald & Review of Decatur. Find her portfolio here. Katie turns 32 today.


Alex Podlogar is content and social media manager for Pinehurst Resort in Sanford, N.C. A 1998 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Alex spent six years as sports editor of the Daily Courier of Forest City, N.C., before moving to the Sanford (N.C.) Herald in 2004. He spent two years as assistant sports information director at Fayetteville State University before moving to Pinehurst in 2012. Find his blog here and his Twitter feed here. Alex turns 39 today.


Chuck Todd is an infographics designer for the office of the president of the University of California and the university’s UCPath project. A 1989 graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield, Chuck spent seven years as an artist for the News-Leader of Springfield, Mo., before moving to San Francisco to attend grad school at the Academy of Art. He earned a master’s degree in 1999 and then taught there four years while working as an artist and then graphics chief of the Contra Costa Times. He was promoted to presentation editor of the Bay Area News Group in Walnut Creek, Calif. in 2005 and then to deputy graphics director in 2011. Chuck left newspapers for the world of academia in April. Find his web site here, his blog here and his Twitter feed here.

René Vollgraff is a reporter for the Sunday Times of Johannesburg, South Africa. A graduate of Stellenbosch University, René previously worked for Sake24, a business news report also based in Johannesburg. René turns 33 today.

Larry, Katie, René, Alex, Chuck and Ricardo share a birthday with actors Sarah Jane Hyland, Katherine Marie Heigl, William “Billy” Connolly Jr., Denise Michelle Crosby, William Dwight Schultz and Colin Lewes Hanks; musicians Donald “Duck” Dunn, Beverly “Bev” Bevan (of ELO), Pete Best (not of the Beatles) and Scott Joplin; sports greats Daniel Leonard Orzechowski (better known as baseball manager Danny Ozark), Stephen Wayne “Steve” Yeager (baseball), Carmelita Jeter (track and field), David “Dave” Bing, Oscar Palmer Robertson (both basketball), Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Graham (both football) and Paul John Tagliabue (NFL commissioner); self-improvement guru Dale Breckenridge Carnegie; sci-fi writers Spider Robinson and Forrest James Ackerman; wild-west figure-turned-sports editor William Barclay “Bat” Masterson; president Zachary Taylor; whistle-blower Linda Rose Carotenuto (better known as Linda Tripp); convicted mobster Salvatore Charles “Lucky” Luciano; serial killer Theodore Robert Cowell (better known as Ted Bundy); physicist Simon van deer Meer; commentator William Frank Buckley Jr. and Flight 93 hero Todd Morgan Beamer.

In addition, today is D.B. Cooper Day, Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day and Brownielocks Day. Seriously.

Have a fantastic birthday today, folks! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Sunday, Nov. 23

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

Meredith Cash is a senior copy editor and page designer for the Advocate of Victoria, Texas. Her husband, Curtiss, is a fishing guide.

Gary Metzker is a professor of media design and mass communications at California State University, Long Beach and adviser to the school’s student newspaper, the Daily 49er and for Dig magazine. A 1976 graduate of the University of Missouri, Gary worked as assistant sports editor, sports designer, assistant sports editor, and sports news editor for the Clearwater (Fla.) Sun, the Florida Times Union of Jacksonville, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and the Long Beach Press Telegram before joining the Los Angeles Times in 1984. He spent nearly 24 years with the Times, as sports news editor, metro news editor, senior design editor and then senior editor for news and technology. He served as lead designer for five Pulitzer-winning projects, including the Rodney King riots, the Northridge earthquake and the Southern California wildfires. The Times laid Gary off in 2008, but he caught on at Cal State Long Beach, earned a master’s degree from Cal State Fullerton and — in addition to Cal State Long Beach — he also teaches at Chapman University and advises that school’s student paper, the Panther. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.


Dan Swenson is graphics editor of the Times-Picayune of New Orleans, La. A 1995 graduate of Ball State University, Dan interned for the Herald-Leader of Lexington, Ky., and spent a year at the Chicago Tribune before joining the Times-Picayune in 1997. He was promoted to graphics editor in 2009. Find samples of his work here and his online portfolio here.

Lee Warnick is a communications professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg. A 1980 graduate of Brigham Young in Provo, Lee earned a master’s degree in media management from Utah State in 1991 and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Nebraska in 2001. He’s worked at BYU-Idaho for 24 years and is chairman of the design committee for the College Media Advisers. Find his Twitter feed here.

Meredith, Dan, Gary and Lee share a birthday with actors William Henry Pratt (better known as Boris Karloff), Arthur Adolph “Harpo” Marx, David Stephen Rappaport and Steve Landesberg; musicians Destiny Hope “Miley” Cyrus, Bruce Randall Hornsby, Johnny Mandel; TV personality Nicole Elizabeth “Snooki” Polizzi; TV writer Bruce Vilanch; movie writer József A. “Joe” Eszterhas; outlaw Henry McCarty (better known as Billy the Kid); baseball great Luis Clemente Tiant Vega; president Franklin Pierce; radio talk show host Thomas “Tom” Joyner and Good Morning America host Robin René Roberts.

In addition, today is Mother Goose Day, Doctor Who Day, Fibonacci Day and International Image Consultant Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have a fine birthday today!