Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five excellent visual journalists…
Valeen Gonzalez Monro is a lab technician in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. She spent her senior year at Chaffey College as editor in chief of the student paper there, the Chaffey Breeze. Val turns 32 today.
Amber Krempel is a stay-at-home mommy and a former sportswriter for the Independent Record of Helena, Mont. A 2008 graduate of the University of Montana, Amber served as sports editor for the student paper there, the Montana Kaimin. She interned at the Tacoma (Wash.) News Tribune in 2007 and the Virginian-Pilot in 2008. At the Independent Record, she covered the six-time national champion Carroll College football team, men’s basketball, the Helena Brewers and the Helena Bighorns. Find her Twitter feed here. Amber turns 29 today.
Karl Krempel — Amber’s husband — is a technical writer for the Montana state legislature. A 2008 graduate of the University of Montana, Karl was copy chief for the Montana Kaimin and, like Amber, served an internship at the Tacoma News Tribune. He spent a year as a copy editor at the Independent Record, then a year as a legislative editor and proofreader for the Montana state legislature. He returned to the Independent Record in 2011 but went back to government work last summer. Find his Twitter feed here. He, too, turns 29 today.
Gordon Murray is a news and sports designer for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Gordon’s a 1976 graduate of San Diego State University. Find his Twitter feed here.
Pheyisolar Odujoby is a designer for Leadership newspapers of Abuja, Nigeria. A graduate of Adekunle Ajasin University’s computer science program in Ondo City, Sola has worked in various IT positions, for the Bayelsa state government and for 234NEXT, a newspaper in Lagos.
Ambrer, Karl, Pheyisholar, Valeen and Gordon share a birthday with actors Liv Rundgren Tyler, Pamela Denise Anderson, Alan Ruck, Hannah Murray, Andre Braugher, Daniel Edward “Dan” Aykroyd, Karen Blanche Ziegler (better known as Karen Black), Jameel Joseph Farah (better known as Jamie Farr), David Prowse, Geneviève Bujold, Jean Lyndsey Torren Marsh, Charles Laughton and Olivia Mary de Havilland; musicians Deborah Ann “Debbie” Harry, Michelle Wright, Andraé Edward Crouch, Melissa Arnette “Missy” Elliott and Frederick William “Fred” Schneider III (of the B-52′s); choreographer Twyla Tharp; director Sydney Irwin Pollack; sports greats Frederick Carlton “Carl” Lewis (track and field), Rutgerus Johannes Martinus “Ruud” van Nistelrooy (soccer) and Nelson Ramón Cruz Martínez (baseball); cosmetics dealer Estée Lauder; environmentalist David Ross Brower; author James Mallahan Cain, politician David Ernest Duke; Diana Frances Spencer (better known as Diana, Princess of Wales) and grammar guru William Strunk Jr.
In addition to Canada Day, today is National GSA Employee Day, U.S. Postage Stamp Day and Zip Code Day. Seriously.
Have a great birthday, y’all! Best wishes!