Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to nine excellent visual journalists…
Jacqueline Wu Boey is creative director for the special projects unit of Singapore Press Holdings. Her work on a supplement called Health & You won a 2006 Best Advertising award from the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers’ Association. In 2007, she led a team that redesigned the AsiaOne website. She also designed the print and TV ads that promoted that redesign. Then, those TV spots won big in the Asia Film, Videos and Digital Media Awards. Find those ads in Jackie’s YouTube channel.
Lori Brooks is associate executive director of the College Media Association. A 1996 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Lori spent a year as a copy editor for the Albuquerque (N.M.) Tribune and another year with Saxon Publishers, which creates educational materials. She returned to Oklahoma in 1999 as director of communications for the College of Business and was named associate director of student media in 2004. She also taught as an adjunct and worked with the College Media Association. She moved over to CMA full-time in 2012.
Stephanie Grace Lim is a portrait photographer and also a graphic designer for Apple in Cupertino, Calif. A 1996 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan, Steph spent a year as a photographer for the Ann Arbor (Mich.) News and then three as a photographer and illustrator at the Charlotte Observer before joining the San Jose Mercury News in 2000 as a designer/illustrator. She was promoted to design director of features before leaving in 2007 to become principal creative designer for eBay’s PayPal. She left PayPal six years ago and joined Apple in 2010. Find her portfolio site here and her photography site here. Find her photography work on Facebook.
Colleen McDaniel is managing editor of Cruise Critic, a web site that covers the travel industry. A 1997 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Colleen earned a Master’s degree at Syracuse University in 1998 and then spent two years as assistant sports editor of the Rochester, N.Y., Democrat and Chronicle. She moved to the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colo., in 2001 as assistant sports editor and then assistant city editor. In 2007, she became sports editor of the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk. She moved to Cruise Critic in 2012. Find her Twitter feed here.
Alyson Morris is a designer for RedEye — the Chicago Tribune’s youth+commuter tabloid — especially, RedEye’s daily iPad edition. A 2011 graduate of Ohio University, Alyson served as design editor for both the student paper there, the Post, as well as Thread, a student magazine. She served internships with the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Huntsville (Ala.) Times before going to work for the Naples (Fla.) Daily News as a features designer. She moved to Chicago in 2012 and then began concentrating on the iPad last year. Find her portfolio site here and her Twitter feed here.
Janet Reddick is associate editor for AAA National, based in Heathrow, Fla. A 1995 graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., Janet spent a year as a reporter for the Gazette of Gastonia, N.C., and then two more at the Carroll County Times of Westminster, Md., before joining the News & Record of Greensboro in 1998. She worked as a reporter, a copy editor, night city editor, assistant bureau editor, assignment editor and nation and worked editor before her departure three years ago. For her last year-and-a-half there, she also edited the paper’s travel section, wrote a travel blog and earned a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2011, she was named managing editor of Intelliguide of Winston-Salem, N.C., a publisher of trade media for the travel industry. She moved to AAA last winter. Find Janet’s Twitter feed here.
Scott Shaw is a photographer based in Rocky River, Ohio. A 1985 graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., Scott worked with the Cleveland Plain Dealer for 23 years before he was laid off last summer. Find his personal web site here, his blog here and his photography business Facebook page here.
Hugo Torres is an assistant team leader and page designer for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, Ariz. A graduate of the Universidad del Noroeste in Tampico, Mexico, Hugo spent two years as art director for Frontera of Tijuana before earning a master’s degree at his alma mater. He moved to the Star in 2002. In addition, he writes a soccer column for la Estrella de Tucson, the Star‘s Spanish-language weekly. Find Hugo’s Twitter feed here.
Dyrinda Tyson is a designer, editor and writer based in Yukon, Okla. A 1987 graduate of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas — just south of Amarillo — Dyrinda spent eight years as news editor of the Times Record News of Wichita Falls. She moved to the Oklahoman of Oklahoma City for two years as a copy editor and then to the el Reno (Okla.) Tribune, where she was associate editor for ten years. She’s worked as a contributing editor for Oklahoma Today magazine, a graphics editor and reporter for the Mustang (Okla.) News and a correspondent for the Oklahoman. Find her Twitter feed here. Dyrinda turns 50 today.
Alyson, Lori, Hugo, Janet, Scott, Stephanie, Colleen, Jacqueline and Dyrinda share a birthday with actors Kyle Martin Chandler, Jonathan Southworth “John” Ritter, Anna Maria Louisa Italiano (better known as Anne Bancroft), Roderick Andrew Jude “Roddy” McDowell and Cassandra Peterson (better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark); musician Hiram King Williams (better known as Hank Williams Sr.); comedian Rita Rudner; directors Bryan Singer, Neill Blomkamp and Mark Anthony “Baz” Luhrmann; puppeteer Kevin Jeffrey Clash; sports greats Ryo Ishikawa (golf), Alexander Mikhaylovich Ovechkin (hockey), Mark Allen Brunell and George Frederick Blanda (both football), Orlando Manuel Cepeda Pennes, John Anthony Franco (both baseball), Rasheed Abdul Wallace (basketball), Philip Douglas “Phil” Jackson (basketball coach) and Jimmie Kenneth Johnson (auto racing); Supreme Court chief justice Warren Earl Burger; Supreme Court associate justice David Hackett Souter; Darwin Awards creator Wendy Northcutt; TV host Nathan Jay “Nate” Berkus; astronauts Thomas Patten Stafford and Edgar Dean Mitchell and cartoonist Jeffrey Kenneth “Jeff” MacNelly.
In addition, today is Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, International Country Music Day, National Rehabilitation Day, Time’s Up Day and School Backpack Awareness Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, all! Have a wonderful birthday today!