Birthday for Friday, Sept. 4

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to David Pratt, a visual journalism consultant and trainer based in Toronto, Canada.


David spent two years as as sub-editor for the Evening Post of Reading, England, and two more as a sub-editor at the Gulf Daily News. He became design editor of the Bangkok Post in 1980 and served there 18 years before moving to the Toronto, Canada, Globe and Mail in 1998. Under his leadership, the paper was awarded a gold medal in 2005 by the Society for News Design for use of photography. He left the Globe and Mail in 2013. David turns 64 today.

David shares a birthday with actors Damon Kyle Wayans, Wesley Cook “Wes” Bentley, Richard Allen “Dick” York, Ione Skye Leitch, Phill Lewis, John William DiMaggio and Francesca Marlene de Czanya von Gerber (better known as Mitzi Gaynor); musician Beyoncé Giselle Knowles; TV sex and addiction therapist dude Dr. David Drew Pinsky; sports greats Thomas Sturges “Tom” Watson, Raymond Loran “Ray” Floyd (both golf), Garth Stirling Le Roux (cricket), Michael Joseph Piazza, Doyle Lafayette Alexander (both baseball) and Steve Lavin (basketball coach); carmaker Henry Ford II, authors Richard Nathaniel Wright and Sydney Hoffberg (better known as Syd Hoff), politician-turned-amateur photographer Anthony David Weiner and radio journalist Paul Harvey Aurandt.

In addition, today is Bring Your Manners to Work Day, Cow Chip Throwing Day, Hug Your Boss Day, National Lazy Moms Day, National Wildlife Day, National College Colors Day and Newspaper Carrier Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday today, David! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Thursday, Sept. 3

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


Olivia Allen-Price is an interactive and engagement producer for KQED public media of San Francisco, Calif. A 2009 graduate of Elon University in North Carolina, Olivia was editor-in-chief of the student paper there, the Pendulum, and interned at the Pocono Record in Stroudsburg, Pa. and in the press office of the Liberal Democrats in London, England, before joining the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk in 2009 as an online producer. She moved to the Baltimore Sun in 2011 as deputy director of audience engagement. She moved to the west coast in 2013. Find her web site here, her blog here and her Twitter feed here.


Joanita Cillié is a lifestyles editor for Media24′s parenting magazines Your Pregnancy, Your Baby, Baba and Kleuter. She’s based in Johannesburg, South Africa. A graduate of the University of Stellenbosch, Joanita spent several years as a reporter for Sake24, a business news operation that supplies pages for three daily Afrikaans-language newspapers across South Africa. She moved over to the magazine division in 2010. Find her Twitter feed here.


J. Ford Huffman is a news media consultant based in Washington, D.C. A magna cum laude graduate of West Virginia University, J. Ford worked at the Wheeling (W.Va.) News-Register and then moved to Gannett in 1977. He was part of the group that built the first prototypes for USA Today and served as a content editor for the Life section once that paper launched. He was named managing editor of the Rochester (N.Y.) Times-Union in 1984 and then managing editor of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in 1986. He then became the first managing editor for features, graphics and photography at the Gannett News Service. He moved back into USA Today in 1999 as deputy managing editor, art-directing page one. He left USA Today in 2007 to become a consultant, instructor and a fine artist. In 2011, he co-edited a book for the Marine Corps War College. Find his artwork site here.


Todd Lindeman is senior graphics editor for the Washington Post. A 1993 graduate of Rhode Island College, Todd spent three years as a staff artist for the Providence Journal and then four more years with the Rocky Mountain News before moving to Washington, D.C., in 2000 to work for a wire service there. He moved to the Post in 2005. Find samples of his work here and his Twitter feed here.


Jodi Miskell is a designer for the Gannett Design Studio in Phoenix, Ariz. A 2005 graduate of Indiana University, Jodi spent a summer as a skipper for the Jungle Cruise at Walt Disney World and then two more summers as a communications coordinator for Disney’s real, live cruise line. She spent three years as a copy editor and artist for the Herald-Times of Bloomington, Ind., and then nearly five years as an editor for the Desert Sun of Palm Springs, Calif., before migrating to the design studio in 2012. Find her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here. Jodi turns 37 today.


Eryn Myrick is marketing brand manager for ChenMed, a health care operation in Miami, Fla. A 2002 graduate of Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., Eryn spent three years as a copy editor for the Topeka Capital-Journal and then three more as a desk staffer at the Lawrence Journal-World. She left newspapers in 2008 to go into marketing communications at St. Francis Health Center in Topeka. She moved to Miami in July. Find her Twitter feed here.

Eryn, Olivia, Joanita, Todd, Jodi and J. Ford share a birthday with actors Garrett Hedlund, Samuel Nicholas “Nick” Wechsler, Christine Woods, Ashley Aubra Jones, Merritt Butrick, Alan Walbridge Ladd, Valerie Ritchie Perrine, Catherine Conn (better known as Kitty Carlisle Hart) and Carlos Irwin Estévez (that walking trainwreck better known as Charlie Sheen); musicians Alan Charles “Al” Jardine (of the Beach Boys), Don Brewer (of Grand Funk Railroad) and Jennifer Paige; sports greats Shaun Roger White (snowboarding), James Neal (hockey), Jevon Kearse, Mason Walker Crosby (both football) and John Richard “Dick” Motta (basketball coach); MTV video jockey Adam Clark Curry; radio host David L. Ramsey III; 9/11 Flight 93 hero Jeremy Logan Glick; architect Louis Henri Sullivan; automotive engineer Ferdinand Porche and cartoonist Addison Morton “Mort” Walker.

In addition, today is Penny Press Day. Seriously.

Have an excellent birthday today, y’all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Wednesday, Sept. 2

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five top-notch visual journalists…


Colin Bridge is social media and photography guru for the Dry Dock Brewing Company of Aurora, Colo. A 2009 graduate of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Colin has worked as a photographer for the U.S. Navy and interned for New Mexico magazine, the New Mexican newspaper of Santa Fe, the Albuquerque Journal and the Popejoy Hall Center for the Arts at UNM. Find his blog here, more examples of his work here and here and his Twitter feed here. Colin turns 32 today.


Jill Geisler holds the Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University in Chicago. She’s also the author of a book — Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know — that was published in 2012.


A 1972 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Jill spent 25 years at WITI-TV in Milwaukee, Wis., ending up as vice-president of news. She earned a Master’s degree from Duquesne University in 2004. She’s served as a senior faculty member for leadership and management programs at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., for more than 15 years. She moved to Loyola this summer. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here.


Harrison Goodman is sports special projects editor for the New York Post. A 2003 graduate of the University of Maryland, Harrison spent time at the Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, Va., before joining the the Washington (D.C.) Times in 2006 as assistant sports editor for design. When the Times eliminated its entire sports department in 2009, Harrison slid over to USA Today, where he designed the slick, magazine products that organization publishes. He left USA Today for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2011 and then moved again to the Post that November as a sports designer. He was promoted to his current position last fall. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Harrison turns 34 today.


Judy Longshaw is manager of news and media services at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. A graduate of Furman University in Greenville, S.C., Judy spent several years working at the Herald in Rock Hill. She left newspapers for college media relations in 1999. Find her Twitter feed here.


Monty Zickuhr is a designer and copy editor for the Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville, Fla. A graduate of Washington State University, Monty worked for the Fairfield (Calif.) Daily Republic and the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer before joining the Times-Union in 1999. He turns 49 today.

Colin, Harrison, Monty, Judy and Jill share a birthday with actors Keanu Charles Reeves, Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez-Pinault, Thomas Mark Harmon, Yani Gellman, Nikki Taylor Melton and Michael Gray; musician William Everett “Billy” Preston; Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté; sports greats Lennox Claudius Lewis (boxing) James Scott “Jimmy” Connors (tennis), Adolph Frederick Rupp (basketball coach), Eric Demetric Dickerson, Brian Collins Westbrook (both football), Peter Victor Ueberroth (baseball commissioner), Leland Milo Hamilton (announcer) and Terry Paxton Bradshaw (running his damned mouth); teacher/astronaut Sharon Christa Corrigan McAuliffe; politician James Warren “Jim” DeMint; humorist Grady Lee Nutt; cat novelist Cleveland Amory and comic book writer and artist Walter Simonson.

In addition, today is V-J Day and Bison-Ten Yell Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday today, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Tuesday, Sept. 1

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


Kiely Agliano is senior art director for the Home Shopping Network in Tampa, Fla. A 1994 graduate of Florida State University, Kiely began work at the Tampa Tribune in 1997 — first, as a features designer, then as senior editor for design and graphics, then audience editor for visuals and finally planning editor for the paper’s tablet edition. She left the Tribune in 2013 to work for Kiely turns 44 today.


Danny Paskin is assistant professor of journalism and new media at California State University, Long Beach. A 1997 graduate of Faculdades Integradas Helio Alonso in ‪Rio de Janeiro‬, Brazil, Danny earned a master’s degree (2000) and then a PhD (2006) from the University of Miami. He also worked at the Miami Herald a year and at the News-Press of Fort Myers a year and taught as an adjunct at Miami. He moved to the West Coast in 2008. Find his Twitter feed here.


Lee Steele is design editor for Hearst’s Connecticut Media Group, based in Bridgeport. A 1986 graduate of Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., Lee worked at a number of newspapers before getting into internet design and marketing with as art director for Meckermedia, Primedia Business (now called Penton Media) and Primedia. He joined the Connecticut Post in 2003 as design editor. When the Post‘s corporate parent combined regional design and editing operations, he assumed duties over four other dailies and seven weeklies as well. He also teaches news design as an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. Since 2009, Lee’s served as Region One director for the Society of News Design. The society named him training director in 2012. He’s currently president of SND. Find his blog here and his Twitter feed here.

Danny, Kelly and Lee share a birthday with actors Mary Jean “Lily” Tomlin, Margaret Yvonne Middleton (better known as Yvonne DeCarlo) and Robert Scott Speedman; musicians Harold Lloyd Jenkins (better known as Conway Twitty), Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García (better known as Gloria Estefan), Barry Alan Crompton Gibb (of the Bee Gees), Jason Dean Bennison (better known as J.D. Fortune of INXS), Jasmine Alexandria Sagginario (who normally goes by just her first name), Archie Lee Bell (of Archie Bell & the Drells), Lecil Travis Martin (better known as Boxcar Willie) and Seiji Ozawa; sports greats Rocco Francis Marchegiano (better known as boxer Rocky Marciano), Joshua Clark “Josh” Davis (swimming), Timothy Duane “Tim” Hardaway (basketball), Garry Lee Maddox (baseball), Zachary Michael “Zach” Thomas, Jason Paul Taylor and Clinton Earl Portis (all three football); TV psychologist Phillip Calvin McGraw (better known as “Dr. Phil“); politician Dorothy Ann Willis Richards, comic book writer Jhonen Vasquez, comic book artist Eugene Jules “Gene” Colan and novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs.

In addition, today is Building and Code Staff Appreciation Day, Chicken Boys Day, Emma M. Nutt Day, Save Japan’s Dolphins Day and National No Rhyme (or Reason) Day. Seriously.

Have a truly great birthday today, folks! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Monday, Aug. 31

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


Robert Ahrens is a freelance graphic artist based in Chicago, Ill. A 1987 graduate of Elgin Community College, Robert spent a year as a production artist at Elgin’s Joseph Spiess Company before joining the Northwest Herald of Crystal Lake, Ill. He spent two years there as an advertising artist and then three-and-a-half more as a news artist before moving to the Courier News of Bridgewater, N.J., in 1993 as a news artist. He became graphics editor of the Times of Munster, Ind., in 1996 and then moved again to the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., in 1999. He joined USA Today in 2001 and worked there for 12 years before going freelance in 2013. Find his personal web site here and his Twitter feed here. Robert turns 49 today.


Mark McTyre is sports editor of information and content experiences for Microsoft in Bellevue, Wash. A 1997 graduate of the University of Oregon, Mark worked at the Olympian and the Eastside Journal of Bellevue, Wash., before landing in 1998 as lead sports designer for the Fresno Bee. He became sports design editor of the Seattle Times in 2000 and was promoted to assistant sports editor for presentation in 2006. He left newspapers for the online side in February 2008, working as senior editor for and He moved to Microsoft in 2012. Find his old print portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Mark turns 42 today.


Jeff Patterson is lead sports designer for the Houston Chronicle. A 2005 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Jeff spent two years as a sports reporter for the Danville, Va., Register & Bee before joining the Daily Press of Newport News, Va., in 2007 as lead sports designer. He moved to the Louisville Courier-Journal in 2010 and slid over to the Gannett design studio there in 2011 as assistant sports team leader. He moved to Houston a year ago. Find Jeff’s portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. He turns 34 today.


Todd Stewart is head of interactive content for the Orlando Sentinel. A 1999 graduate of Kansas State University, Todd spent two years as news design editor of the State Journal-Register of Springfield, Ill., before becoming lead A1 designer for the San Antonio Express-News. He moved to the Sentinel as a page designer in 2005 and was named design editor for A1, graphics and multimedia in 2007. He took on his current duties in 2011. Find his Twitter feed here. Todd turns 39 today.

Jeff, Todd, Robert and Mark share a birthday with actors Richard Tiffany Gere and James Harrison Coburn Jr.; musicians Deborah Ann “Debbie” Gibson, George Ivan “Van” Morrison, Jerry Ivan Allison (of the Crickets), Regina Ann “Gina” Schock (of the Go-Go’s), Alan Jay Lerner and Itzhak Perlman; comedians Christopher “Chris” Tucker, Julie Ann Brown and Leonard Hacker (better known as Buddy Hackett); TV and radio host Arthur Morton Godfrey; sports greats Edwin Corley Moses (track and field), Isao Aoki, Pádraig Harrington, Charl Adriaan Schwartzel (all three golf), Frank Robinson, Matthew James “Matt” Adams (both baseball), Scott Niedermayer (hockey), William O. DeWitt, Jr. (baseball owner), Larry Darnell Fitzgerald Jr., Lance Andrew Moore (both football) and Thomas Richard “Tom” Coughlin (football coach); activist Leroy Eldridge Cleaver; prosecutor Marcia Rachel Clark; photographer Amy Stein and radio journalist Daniel Louis Schorr.

In addition, today is International Overdose Awareness Day and Love Litigating Lawyers Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday today, all! Best wishes!