Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five wonderful visual journalists…
Jeff Bash is a graphic and web designer for Go Daddy and based in Des Moines, Iowa. As a student at Grand View College, Jeff worked for me as a graphics intern at the Des Moines Register in the summer of 1999. We kept him on as a part-timer that fall and hired him full-time when he graduated. He introduced me to his college buddy Katie Kunert, who we also hired. Those of you who have seen my slideshows have heard this story in greater detail. When I left the Register in 2003, I nominated Jeff to be my successor. He actually served as graphics editor there longer than I did — until the Register laid him off in 2008. He then spent several years as lead marketing specialist for Bankers Trust in Des Moines, supervising the creative staff there. Jeff turns 38 today.
Amr Elsawym is a senior infographics designer and trainer for al-Ahram, Egypt’s largest news organization and based in Cairo. A graduate of Cairo University, Amr has worked for Gallo Multimedia and was head of infographics at Today, a newspaper in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.
Shawn McIntosh is deputy managing editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in Atlanta, Ga. A 1979 graduate of St. Mary’s College in Maryland, Shawn earned a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina. She served as projects editor at USA Today and the Dallas Morning News and edited the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss., before joining the AJC in 2002 as a deputy managing editor. She became director of culture and change and then deputy managing editor for news and information before being named public editor in 2009. Find her Twitter feed here.
Laura Mueller is a freelance photojournalist and commercial photographer based in Lake Norman, N.C. A 1984 graduate of Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, Laura earned graduate degrees at the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology and the University of Canberra, Australia. She spent 21 years as a photographer and photo editor for the Charlotte Observer in Charlotte, N.C. Among her clients: Lake Norman Magazine, Macy’s, McDonald’s, the YMCA, the Washington Post and the New York Times. Find her web site here.
Tim Wertz is an illustrator and designer for the Sun-Gazette of Williamsport, Pa. Tim has worked there for for 16 years. Find his portfolio here and his blog here. He’s also into paper sculpture and build-it-yourself action figures and toys. Find some examples here.
Amr, Shawn, Laura, Tim and Jeff share a birthday with actors Ewan Gordon McGregor, Ronald “Christopher” Walken, Shirley Mae Jones, George Richard Chamberlain, Gabriel W. “Gabe” Kaplan, William David Daniels, Rhea Jo Perlman and Kate Micucci; musicians Angus McKinnon Young (of AC/DC), Herbert “Herb” Alphert and Franz Joseph Haydn; animator Craig McCracken; sports greats John Arthur “Jack” Johnson (boxing), Gordon “Gordie” Howe and Pavel Vladimirovich Bure (both hockey) and Ed Marinaro (football player-turned-actor); labor leader César Estrada Chávez; fashion designer Anne Elisabeth Jane “Liz” Claiborne; author Felice Leonardo “Leo” Buscaglia, philosopher René Descartes, scientist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen and politicians Barnett “Barney” Frank and Albert Arnold “Al” Gore Jr.
In addition, today is Bunsen Burner Day, Cesar Chavez Day, National She’s Funny That Way Day, International Hug a Medievalist Day and Terri’s Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, folks! Have a terrific birthday today!