Birthdays for Sunday, Oct. 4

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


Maria Carrillo is senior editor for Sunday and enterprise at the Houston Chronicle. A 1985 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Maria spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., before joining the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., in 1998. She was named managing editor in 2005. Maria moved to Texas in 2014. Find her Twitter feed here.


Anders Gyllenhaal is vice president of news and the Washington editor for the McClatchy Company. A graduate of George Washington University, Anders worked for the Miami Herald and then spent several years as metro editor at the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. He was eventually promoted to managing editor and then editor before moving to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis and then back to Miami as editor in 2006. He moved to D.C. in 2010. To answer the question I’m sure he gets a lot: Yes, he’s related to both Jake and Maggie — he’s their uncle. Find his Twitter feed here. Anders turns 64 today.


Jay Judge is senior editor of visuals for the Baltimore Sun. A 1993 graduate of Indiana University, Jay worked as desk editor of the Sun-Commercial of Vincennes, Ind., and then became assistant night editor for design at the Times of Munster, Ind., in 1994. In 1997, he moved to the Sun, working as a design editor, assistant news design director, news design director and then assistant managing editor for design and graphics. Find his Twitter feed here.


David Kordalski is assistant managing editor for the Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio. A 1977 graduate of Ohio’s College of Wooster, David studied art, biology and psychology. He spent eight years as design and graphics editor of the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune and then two years as art director of the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News. He became AME of the Detroit News in 1995 and moved to the same position at Plain Dealer in 1999. He’s also a past president of the Society for News Design. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. Find the Plain Dealer’s visuals blog — the Not-So-Plain Dealer — here. David turns 60 today.


Mark Marturello is an illustrator and designer for the Des Moines (Iowa) Register. A native of Des Moines and a graduate of Grand View College in Des Moines, Mark spent the early part of his career working for the U.S. government in Fort Knox, Ky. He’s worked for the Register for many, many years, winning tons of awards. He also free-lances for various magazines and art agencies. He has a fan page on Facebook containing samples of his work. Mark turns 56 today.


Joe Zeff is vice president and executive creative director of ScrollMotion, an app design firm in New York City. A 1987 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Joe worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Detroit Free Press and then as a presentation editor for the metro and business desks of the New York Times before becoming graphics director of Time magazine in 1996. He left Time in 2000 to open his free-lance business, Joe Zeff Design, Inc. In 2008, he sold his company to Splashlight Creative, an art, photo and animation studio but then bought his company back a few years later. Among his clients: Adobe, Time, JPMorgan Chase, Pepsi, the University of Notre Dame and the NFL. He moved to ScrollMotion last fall. Find Joe’s Twitter feed here.

Maria, Jay, Joe, Mark, David and Anders share a birthday with actors Alicia Silverstone, Rachael Leigh Cook, Dakota Mayi Johnson, Melissa Marie Benoist, Isaac Liev Schreiber, Abraham Rubin Hercules Benrubi, William Mark “Bill” Fagerbakke, Susan Abigail Tomalin (better known as Susan Sarandon), Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton and John Charles Carter (better known as Charlton Heston); musician Elena Sergeevna Katina (of t.A.T.u.); sports greats Kimberly Claire “Kimmie” Meissner (figure skating), Anthony Keith “Tony” Gwynn Jr., Gilbert Ray “Gil” Hodges (both baseball), Anthony “Tony” La Russa Jr. (baseball manager), Derrick Martell Rose (basketball), Robert Lee “Sam” Huff (football) and Sarah Marie Fisher (auto racing); President Rutherford Birchard Hayes and writers Alvin Toffler, Jacqueline “Jackie” Collins, Roy Alton Blount Jr. and Howard Allen Frances O’Brien (better known as Anne Rice — and yes, that was her real name).

In addition, today is Vodka Day, Ten-Four Day, National Taco Day, National Ship in a Bottle Day, Improve Your Office Day and Blessing of the Animals Day. Seriously.

Have a fantastic birthday, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Saturday, Oct. 3

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


Allison Duda is an assistant art director at Time magazine in New York City. A 2006 graduate of Ohio University, Allison interned at Time before signing on as a designer for the Asbury Park Press in Neptune, N.J. She designed news and features pages as well as the APP’s monthly luxury magazine. In 2008, she moved to Time Out New York magazine, where she concentrated on the Shopping & Style section. She moved to New York magazine in 2011 as art director for the weddings edition. She returned to Time in 2012. Find her Twitter feed here. Allison turns 32 today.


Tim Goheen is director of the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. A 1986 graduate of Michigan State University, Tim spent eight-and-a-half years as a news artist for the State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. In 1995, Tim became a senior illustrator for the old Knight Ridder-Tribune graphics service. He was promoted to art director in 1995. He earned a master’s degree in visual journalism from Ohio University in 2006. Shortly after, KRT changed its name to MCT. Tim moved back to Ohio in 2014. He turns 52 today.


Bukky Ogunsina is a reporter for Government, a weekly newspaper published by the Leadership newspaper group of Abuja, Nigeria. A graduate of Cardiff University in the U.K., Bukky was named print reporter of the year for 2013 by the Nigerian Union of Journalists. Find her Twitter feed here.


Kris Visselman is founder of the Electric Ivy Creative Group and based in Los Angeles. A 1988 graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, Kris was a Presidential Fellow and competed on the swim team. She served internships at the Arizona Republic and the Sacramento Bee before signing on as a news artist and then a designer at the Bee. She left in 1993 to become art director for the Valley and Orange County editions of the Los Angeles Times. In 1998, she leaped to the Orange County Register as senior art director and then moved again in 2003 to the San Jose Mercury News as creative director. In 2005, Kris joined National Geographic Maps as editorial and design director, responsible for maps for the various divisions of National Geographic and its outside partners and was named director of digital product development in 2007. In April 2010, she was named vice president for product development and chief creative officer of U-T San Diego. She served as president of the Society for News Design four years ago. She’s married to Javier Zarracina, graphics editor of Vox. She left San Diego in 2014. Find Kris’ Twitter feed here.

Allison, Bukky, Tim and Kris share a birthday with actors Neve Adrianne Campbell, Lena Headey, Clive Owen and Seann William Scott; musicians Gwen Renée Stefani, Thomas Lee Bass (better known as Tommy Lee, the drummer for Mötley Crüe), Stephen “Stevie” Ray Vaughan, Ashlee Nicole Wentz (better known as Ashlee Simpson), Lindsay Adams Buckingham, Ray Edward “Eddie” Cochran, Ernest Evans (better known as Chubby Checker); comedian Gregory Everett “Greg” Proops; animal trainer Roy Horn (of Siegfried and Roy); sports greats Frederick Steven “Fred” Couples (golf), David Mark “Dave” Winfield and Dennis Lee Eckersley (both baseball) and Anquan Kenmile Boldin (football); activist-turned-TV host Alfred Charles “Al” Sharpton Jr., astronauts Charles Moss Duke Jr. and Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan; writers Thomas Clayton Wolfe, Eugene Luther Gore Vidal and James Alfred Wright (better known as James Herriot); comic book creator Rob Liefeld and cartoonist and Mad magazine founding editor Harvey Kurtzman.

In addition, today is Inter-American Water Day and World Card Making Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, y’all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Friday, Oct. 2

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


Brian Cetina is a designer for the Tribune Chronicle newspaper group of Warren, Ohio. A 2010 Graduate of Youngstown State University, Brian spent time with the Lima (Ohio) News and the Media General design hub in Hickory, N.C. before settling down in McClatchy’s production hub in Charlotte, N.C., in 2011. He moved back to Ohio in July. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. Brian turns 30 today.


Rich Joseph Facun is photographic resources supervisor of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Or, at least, he will be soon. A 2001 graduate of Ohio University, Rich spent four years as a photographer for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson and then another two years shooting for the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., before moving in 2008 to the National of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. He returned to the U.S. in 2011, freelanced a while and rejoined the Pilot in 2013. Rich is working his last day today. Find his photojournalism portfolio here, his blog here, his wedding photography business site here, his Facebook fan page here and his Twitter feed here.


Desiree Shoe is the London homepage editor of the New York Times. A 2007 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Desiree served internships with an advertising firm called University Directories, during the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Eurosport, and as a Pulliam Fellow at the Arizona Republic. Des spent a year-and-a-half as a full-time sports designer for the Republic before moving to the New York Times in 2009 as a news designer. She moved to the digital side in 2011 and, last year, was named senior staff editor and producer for the Times’ dining section. She moved to London in August. Find her blog here and her Twitter feed here. Desiree turns 30 today.

Desiree, Brian and Rich share a birthday with actors Lorraine Bracco, Persis Khambatta, Avery Franklin Brooks, Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx, William Alexander “Bud” Abbott and George Robert Phillips McFarland (“Spanky” from Our Gang); musicians Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (better known as Sting), Donald “Don” McLean Jr., James Donald “Jim” Root (better known as No. 4 of Slipknot), Tiffany Renee Darwish (who normally goes only by her first name) and Ayumi “Ayu” Hamasaki; sports greats Mark Robert Rypien (football), Dereck Whittenburg, Tyson Cleotis Chandler (both basketball), Maurice Morning “Maury” Wills (baseball), Thomas Muster (tennis) and Frederico Chaves Guedes (soccer); TV host Kelly Marie Ripa Consuelos; movie critic Rex Taylor Reed; defense attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.; photographer Anna-Lou “Annie” Leibovitz; NFL Films president Stephen Douglas “Steve” Sabol; politician Cordell Hull and Indian leader Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi.

In addition, today is Lee’s National Denim Day, Phileas Fogg’s Wager Day, World Smile Day, National Diversity Day, National Custodial Workers Day, the International Day of Non-Violence and Guardian Angels Day. Seriously.

Have a fabulous birthday, you three! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Thursday, Oct. 1

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


JR Ball is managing editor of the Baton Rouge office of and the Times-Picayune of New Orleans. A 1986 graduate of Louisiana State University, JR spent ten years as executive editor of Tiger Rag magazine. He then co-founded an entertainment marketing firm. In 1997, he became general manager of the Baton Rouge Bombers, a professional indoor soccer team. In 1999, he moved over to the Baton Rouge Business Report, serving as executive vice president for editorial of that publication and also overseeing 10/12 magazine, 225 magazine and inRegister magazine. He moved to in 2013. Find his Twitter feed here.


Chad Graff is a sportswriter for the Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minn. A 2013 graduate of the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H., Chad served as executive editor of the student newspaper and worked internships with the New England Sports Network, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Union Leader of Manchester. He worked at the Boston Globe in 2013 and, in April 2014, moved to the Pioneer Press. He covers the NHL Minnesota Wild. Find his Twitter feed here. Chad turns 25 today.


Jerry Langton is a freelance journalist based in Toronto, Canada. A graduate of McMaster University of Hamilton, Ontario, Jerry has worked as a copy editor and designer for the Securities Industry News, the New York Daily News, the Journal News of White Plains, N.Y., and Toronto Star. He’s written at least 13 books.


His most recent — Rat: How the World’s Most Notorious Rodent Clawed Its Way to the Top — was published in May 2014. Jerry also happens to be married to Tonia Cowan, graphics editor of the Boston Globe. Find his Twitter feed here.

Chad, Jerry and JR share a birthday with actors Zachary Knight “Zach” Galifianakis, Sarah Drew, Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers (better known as Brie Larson), Randall Rudy “Randy” Quaid, Julia Elizabeth “Julie” Andrews, Estelle Caro Eggleston (better known as Stella Stevens), Richard St. John Harris, George Peppard Jr., Walter Matthau, Stephen Weaver Collins and Thomas Edward “Tom” Bosley; musician Vladimir Horowitz; director Thomas George “Tom” Hooper; sports greats Jeffrey James Reardon, Rodney Cline “Rod” Carew, Matthew Thomas “Matt” Cain (all three baseball); Mark McGwire (steroid user), George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah (soccer) and Vladimir Peter “Spider” Sabich Jr. (skiier); Supreme Court Chief Justice William Hubbs Rehnquist; President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter and bank robber Bonnie Elizabeth Parker.

In addition, today is Model T Day, National Lace Day, the International Day of Older Persons, International Music Day, CD Player Day, Fire Pup Day, and National Walk Your Dog Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, you three! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Wednesday, Sept. 30

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


Siyabonga Africa is a digital media specialist for the SABC television network in Johannesburg, South Africa. A 2006 graduate in International Relations and Public Management at the University of Pretoria, Siyabonga earned a graduate degree in journalism from the University of Stellenbosch in 2007 and then worked as a reporter and a columnist for the Sowetan, Joburg Style magazine and ITWeb. In 2009, he moved to the U.S. via a Ford Foundation fellowship to study new media. Siya earned a master’s degree from Indiana University in 2011, after having served internships in various online or social media capacities with the Ford Foundation, Blueline Style and Media Productions, the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction and Indiana Public Media. He moved back to South Africa in 2012 and has worked for Code for South Africa, Trigger/Isobar and media giant Media24. Find Siyabonga’s web site here and his Twitter feed here. Siya turns the big three-oh today.


Cori Faklaris is a graduate student in informatics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis — better known as IUPUI. A 1995 graduate of the University of Illinois, Cori spent a year as a correspondent for the Peoria, Ill., Journal Star before joining the Indianapolis Star in 1997. She designed news and served as the paper’s CCI super user. She was moved to the Star’s digital operation in 2013 as Local Network Editor. She spent a year as engagement producer before leaving to go back to school in January. Find her personal web site here and her Twitter feed here.


Kerry Johnson is art director and special publications manager for the American Physical Society in Washington, D.C. A 1990 graduate of Ohio State University, Kerry worked as an artist at the North Hills News Record and then the Post-Gazette, both of Pittsburgh, before becoming graphics director of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in 1998. He moved to the Baltimore Sun as graphics editor in 2002 and moved on to the APS in 2005. He also does cartoons and caricatures on the side. Find his web site here, his Facebook fan page here and his Twitter feed here.


Kathryn Morton is managing editor for design at the Central Penn Business Journal in Harrisburg, Pa. The holder of both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, Kathryn worked at the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, the Daily Sentinel‘s Buzz magazine and the Stephen F. Austin Pine Log before moving to Pennsylvania in 2005. She’s married to designer Chris Anderson. Find Kathryn’s web site here and her Twitter feed here.


Kinyanjui Wa Ngugi is an online sub editor for the Nation Media Group of Nairbi, Kenya. He’s a product of the University of Nairobi. Find his Twitter feed here.


Heather Price is a copy editor for eMarketer of New York. A 2009 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Heather served as slot editor for the student paper there, the Daily Nebraskan, and interned for the L.A. City Beat before moving to the American News & Farm Forum of Aberdeen, S.D. After a year there, she moved back to Lincoln and spent two years as a copy editor and page designer for the Journal Star. She moved to New York in 2013. Find Heather’s Tumblr blog here, her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.

Cori, Kerry, Kinyanjui, Heather, Siya and Kathryn share a birthday with actors Lacey Nicole Chabert, Jennifer Mary Butala (better known as Jenna Elfman), Monica Bellucci, Eric Stoltz, Francine Joy “Fran” Drescher, Anthony “Tony” Hale, Angeline Brown (better known as Angie Dickinson) and Barry William Blenkhorn (better known as Barry Williams); musicians Faheem Rashad Najm (better known as T-Pain), Ernest Giuseppe “Trey” Anastasio III (of Phish), Robert Carl Takac Jr. (of the Goo Goo Dolls), drummer Bernard “Buddy” Rich; Marc Feld (better known as Marc Bolan of  T-Rex), Marilyn McCoo, Franklin Joseph “Frankie” Lymon and John Royce “Johnny” Mathis; sports greats Martina Hingis (tennis), Dominique Moceanu (gymnastics), Justin Smith (football) and Robin Evan Roberts (baseball); chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.; politician Lester Garfield Maddox and writers Truman Streckfus Persons (better known as Truman Capote) and Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel.

In addition, today is International Translation Day, National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, Banned Websites Awareness Day, Blasphemy Day and Ask a Stupid Question Day. Seriously.

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