Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to seven fabulous visual journalists…
Greg Branson is assistant managing editor for presentation and innovation for the Kansas City Star. A 1992 graduate of Kansas State University, Greg spent two years as an artist for the News-Leader of Springfield, Mo., before becoming assistant graphics editor and A1 designer for the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. In 2003, Greg became editor of the Osawatomie (Kan.) Graphic and then publisher of three community papers in Miami County, Kansas. He moved to Kansas City in 2006. Greg turns 45 today.
Carrie Gee is design director for Adweek magazine in New York City. A 2007 graduate of Michigan State University, Carrie served an internship at the Virginian-Pilot in 2006 and then, as the first-ever winner of the Society for News Design’s “the Intern” contest, worked at the San Jose Mercury News the next year. She became A1 news designer for the the Portland Oregonian in 2007 but left two years after her fiancé, Martin Gee, started work for the Boston Globe. She and Martin got married in 2011 and Carrie started work — as a designer for Ready-Media and the Font Bureau in Boston and art director for Edible Vineyard magazine — that summer. She moved to her current position in 2013. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here. Carrie turns 31 today.
Amanda Goehlert is a publications designer for Sport Graphics of Indianapolis. A 2004 graduate of the University of Missouri, Amanda earned a Master’s Degree from Ball State University and interned at the Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, Va., and the Dallas Morning News. She spent four-and-a-half years as A1 designer at the Indianapolis Star before departing for Sport Graphics in 2010. Find her personal portfolio site here. Amanda turns 33 today.
Christina Nuckols is communications advisor to the Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources. A graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., Christina earned a master’s degree from Ohio University and worked at a series of papers in western Virginia. She spent a year at the state capitol reporting for the Roanoke Times before switching over to a corporate sister paper, the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, to cover state government and politics. She later moved to the Pilot’s editorial page and then, in 2012, back to Roanoke as editorial page editor. She moved into the public sector last year. Find her Twitter feed here. Christina turns 48 today.
Mary Lynn Rynkiewicz is director of communications for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in Washington, D.C. 1996 graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, Mary Lynn earned a master’s degree in 1997 from Columbia University and worked as a features editor, online editor and publicist for the Hill in Washington, D.C. She also taught a class on political journalism at Georgetown University. In 2005, she joined the Newspaper Association of America’s PressTime magazine as a staff writer. After NAA closed down PressTime in 2009, Mary Lynn spent a year as a senior proposal writer for SRA International and another year as an editorial manager for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She spent a year as communications and contract manager for the NextGen Institute before starting in her current position in 2013.
Melanie Wass is a senior page designer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. A graduate of the University of Phoenix-Pittsburgh, Melanie joined the Tribune-Review in 1999. Find her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.
Carrie, Amanda, Huy, Melanie Greg, Christina and Mary Lynn share a birthday with actor Dean Carroll Jones; musicians Alicia Augello Cook (better known as Alicia Keys), Jamesetta Hawkins (better known as Etta James) and Richard Raymond Finch (of KC and the Sunshine Band); director Tobe Hooper; writers Adeline Virginia Woolf, William Somerset Maugham and Robert Burns; sports greats Carl Eller and Louis Roy “Lou” Groza (football), Elzie Wylie “Buddy” Baker Jr. (auto racing), Xavier “Xavi” Hernández i Creus (soccer), Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko (tennis), Steve Roland Prefontaine (track and field) and William Ernest “Ernie” Harwell (baseball announcer); Filipino leader Maria Corazon Sumulong Cojuangco-Aquino; TV newsman Edwin Harold Newman; music journalist Timothy White and comic book creator Geoff Johns.
In addition, today is National Irish Coffee Day, A Room of One’s Own Day, Opposite Day, Soup Swap Day, World Leprosy Day and Macintosh Computer Day. Seriously.
Have a wonderful birthday, all! Best wishes!