Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five wonderful visual journalists…
Jaco Grobbelaar is a graphic artist for Media24 of South Africa, working out of the offices of die Burger in Cape Town. I worked with him often during my various trips there and I’ve written about his work here in the blog a number of times (here and here and here and here). Jaco turns 36 today.
Daniel Johnson is a designer for the E.W. Scripps newspaper production hub in Corpus Christi, Texas. A 2008 graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, Daniel spent two years on the staff of the student paper there, the Shorthorn. He worked for the Advocate of Victoria, Texas, before moving to Scripps in 2009. Daniel turns 29 today.
Grayson Mendenhall is an instructor and grad student at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. A 2003 graduate of Appalachian State University, Grayson interned with the Colorado Springs Independent and then the Colorado Springs Gazette. He spent a year with the Record and Landmark of Statesville, N.C., before signing on with the Herald-Sun of Durham, N.C. in 2006. He left the Herald-Sun in 2011. He’s attending UNC on a prestigious Roy H. Park fellowship. He hopes to graduate in 2015. Find his portfolio here. Grayson turns 33 today.
Samone Riddle is a student at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pa., and art director of the student newspaper there, the Chronicle. She’s interned as a photographer, editor and instructor for a number of companies around Pittsburgh and is currently working for the Sen. John Heinz History Center. She hopes to graduate later this year. Find her twitter feed here.
Jesse Scaccia is editor of “hyperlocal” news site altdaily.com of Norfolk, Va., which was bought last month by the Virginian-Pilot. A 2004 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Jesse also earned a master’s degree in magazine journalism from New York University and a second master’s degree in education from the UConn. He has taught in Cape Town, South Africa, Brooklyn, Connecticut, San Diego and at Norfolk’s Old Dominion University. He’s been published by the Virginian-Pilot, the San Diego Union-Tribune and the New York Times and his production company has produced two documentary series for the BET network. In 2012, he ran unsuccessfully for a Norfolk City Council seat. Find his Twitter feed here. Jesse turns 35 today.
Daniel, Grayson, Jesse, Jaco and Samone share a birthday with actors Jonathan Daniel “Jon” Hamm, Sharon Vonne Stone, Carlos Ray “Chuck” Norris, Oliva Jane Cockburn (better known as Olivia Wilde), Jasmine Guy and Robert Llewellyn; musicians Carrie Marie Underwood, Timothy Zachery Mosley (better known as Timbaland), Edie Arlisa Brickell (of New Bohemians), Donald Thomas “Tom” Scholz (of Boston), Frederick Jay “Rick” Rubin and Leon Bismark “Bix” Beiderbecke; sports greats Shannon Lee Miller (gymnastics), Roderick Kevin “Rod” Woodson (football), Daniel Cooley “Dan” Uggla (baseball), James Thomas Anthony “Jim” Valvano (basketball coach), Matthew Roy “Matt” Kenseth (auto racing) and Pamela Donielle “Pam” Oliver (broadcaster); England’s Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; bad guys James Earl Ray and Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden and writers Robert Bernard “Bob” Greene Jr. and James Alfred Wight (better known as James Herriot).
In addition, today is Mario Day, Napping Day, Salvation Army Day, U.S. Paper Money Day, Land Line Telephone Day, Fill Our Staplers Day and the International Day of Awesomeness. Seriously.
Have a terrific birthday, all! Best wishes!