Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five wonderful visual journalists…
Sarah Cox is a web designer and developer for Northrop Grumman in Atlanta, Ga. A 1985 graduate of Oklahoma State University, Sara spent two years as an assistant news editor for the Sun-News of Las Cruces, N.M. and then two more as a copy editor and designer for the Caller-Times of Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1990, she moved to the Tribune-Herald of Waco, Texas, as a features designer and copy editor and spent 15 years there before becoming a features designer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2005. She took web design classes at Kennesaw State University and spent two years as a mobile web designer for AT&T before moving to her current position in 2012. Find her portfolios here and here.
Elizabeth Jackson is a senior designer for the Tribune-Review in Pittsburgh. A 2002 graduate of Ohio University, Elizabeth spent a year-and-a-half as a news artist for the Tribune-Review before leaping to the Cincinnati Enquirer in 2003. She returned to Pittsburgh a year later. In addition, she works with Mary Kay cosmetics. Elizabeth turns 36 today.
Luke Knox is an infographics artist for the Boston Globe. A 2002 graduate of UNC-Asheville, Luke spent two years with the Pensacola News Journal in Florida and then a year-and-a-half at the Albuquerque Journal before joining the Arizona Republic in Phoenix in 2005. He moved to Boston in 2010 as a sports design supervisor. He moved to graphics in 2013. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Luke turns 35 today.
Bill Peschel is an author and book reviewer based in Hershey, Pa. A 1982 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Bill worked at small- and medium-sized newspapers, including 11 years at the Herald of Rock Hill, S.C. He joined the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., in 2000 and spent 12 years there as a copy editor and page designer until the paper downsized a while back.
Bill’s first book — Writers Gone Wild: The Feuds Frolics and Follies of Literature’s Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconclasts and Misanthropes – was published in 2010. His second book — The Complete, Annotated Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers — came out in 2011.
Since then, he published three more — a collection of early parodies of Sherlock Holmes from the legendary British humor magazine Punch, an annotated look at writings about a famous 160-year-old murder case and an original Kindle novel featuring the unlikely teamup of Sherlock Holmes and Mark Twain.
And that’s assuming I haven’t missed any.
Kiah Staley is a freelance designer in Cheyenne, Wyo. A 2002 graduate of the University of Wyoming, Kiah spent two years as a copy editor for Cheyenne’s Tribune Eagle and then three years as a news artist and designer. She was promoted to assistant managing editor for presentation as part of the paper’s huge redesign five years ago. She “retired” in 2010, had a baby, served a few months as director of social media for TweenTribune.com and then returned to the Tribune Eagle on a freelance basis to design features pages. Find her Twitter feed here. Kiah turns 35 today.
Luke, Kiah, Sarah, Elizabeth and Bill share a birthday with actors Heather Joan Graham, Sara Rebecca Abeles (better known as Sara Gilbert), Thomas William “Tom” Selleck, Ann Jura Nauseda (better known as Ann Jillian), Marc Singer, Jacob Lincoln Freund (better known as John Forsythe), Victor John Mature, Andrew Keegan Heying, Katharine Juliet Ross and William Claude Dukenfield (better known as W.C. Fields); musicians Adam Mitchel Lambert, Jon Gordon Langseth Jr. (better known as Jonny Lang) and Teresa Teng; sports greats Gregory Efthimios Louganis (diving) and Dominik Hašek (hockey); politicians Paul Davis Ryan and William McKinley Jr.; industrialist John Davidson Rockefeller Jr., comic book creator Brian Wood and media magnate Orpah Gail “Oprah” Winfrey.
In addition, today is Curmudgeons Day, Freethinkers Day, National Puzzle Day, Seeing Eye Dog Day and Thomas Paine Day. Seriously.
Have an excellent birthday, all! Best wishes!