Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six superlative visual journalists…
Shane Blatt is an MBA student at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. A 1995 graduate of the University of Florida, Shane worked as a copy editor and A1 designer for the Roanoke (Va.) Times before being hired away by the Tampa Tribune, which eventually promoted him to news design team leader. He joined the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2005 as a front-page designer. In 2008, Shane left visuals to become a reporter in the paper’s Gwinnett bureau, covering that city’s government. He shifted again in 2011 to the copy desk and then left for grad school two years ago. He hopes to graduate this year Shane turns 40 today. Find his Twitter feed here.
Joyce Garcia is a freelance online news coordinator based in Chicago, Ill. A 1989 graduate of Cal State-Fullerton, Joyce worked as a copy editor for the Fresno Bee and then the Orange County Register before joining the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., in 1992. She spent two years working with the print N&O before moving to the online side in 1995. A year later, she became an online news producer for the Chicago Tribune. In 2009, she became an editor on the central regional desk of the Chicago office of the Associated Press. She went freelance in 2010. Find Joyce’s web site here, her blog here and her Tumblr here. Find her Twitter feed here. Joyce turns 48 today.
Adam Griffiths is deputy creative director for Express, the youth and commuting tab published daily by the Washington Post. A 2010 graduate of Kent State University in Ohio, Adam worked on Fusion magazine. He joined Express as a features art director after graduation and was later promoted to his current position. For two years, he also served as creative director for Fashion Washington, the Post‘s seasonal glossy publication. Find Adam’s web site here and his Twitter feed here.
Mark Miller is chief of the copy desk for NJN Publishing in Flemington, N.J., where seven weekly newspapers are published, including the Hunterdon County Democrat. A product of St. Peter’s College, Mark spent 13 years as deputy managing editor for the News Tribune in Woodbridge, N.J., before moving to the Star-Ledger of Newark in 1995. He served as copy editor, Sunday news editor, assistant managing editor and director of the paper’s tablet and mobile development team until getting laid off a year ago. He did some consulting work before signing on with NJN last fall.
Mario Moretto is a reporter for the Bangor (Maine) Daily News. A 2010 graduate of the University of Maine, Mario served as opinion editor and then news editor for the student paper there, the Maine Campus. He interned at the Bangor Daily News, founded the Maine Observer — an online-only newspaper — and then joined the Kennebec Journal as a copy editor and designer. He started work for the Forecaster of Cumberland County, Maine, in 2011 and then moved back to Bangor in 2012. Find his portfolio here, his web page here, his blog here and his Twitter feed here.
Rich Radford is web program manager for Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Va., and a blogger and sideline reporter for the Old Dominion Sports Radio Network. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Rich was that school’s first scholarship golfer. He interned for the Times-Dispatch of Richmond and then joined the Daily Press of Newport News. In 1987, he moved to the Virginian-Pilot, where he covered a number of sports beats including Old Dominion football, Norfolk State men’s hoops and golf. Rich left newspapers in 2012. Find his Twitter feed here.
Adam, Mario, Mark, Shane, Joyce and Rich share a birthday with actors Alan Hale Jr., Freddie James Prinze Jr., Aidan Quinn, Lynn Rachel Redgrave and James William Van Der Beek Jr.; musicians Randy Meisner (of the Eagles), George Michael “Micky” Dolenz Jr., Carole Bayer Sager and Gary Anthony James Webb (better known as Gary Numan); tattoo artist Katherine von Drachenberg (better known as Kat Von D); sports greats Hines E. Ward Jr., Jason Elam (both football), Kenneth “Kenny” Smith (basketball), Larry Thomas Murphy (hockey), James Edward “Jim” Rice, Richard Anthony “Dick” Allen and James Alan “Jim” Bouton (all three baseball); Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. and NBC News’ Lester Steven Holt.
In addition, today is Genealogy Day, Girls Write Now Day, International Fanny Pack Day, International Women’s Day, National Proofreading Day and National Peanut Cluster Day. Seriously.
Also: Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday at 2 a.m. So don’t forget to set your clocks up an hour before you go to bed tonight.
Have a truly great birthday, all! Best wishes!