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!