Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four tremendously talented visual journalists…
Anne Carothers-Kay is managing editor for the weekly Des Moines Business Record. A 1979 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Anne spent 27 years at the Des Moines Register as a reporter, legislative editor, community editor, assistant metro editor and health editor. She left the Register in 2008 to join Meredith Corporation as a senior editor of Heart-Healthy magazine. She went free-lance in 2010 as a writer, editor and marketing expert and worked briefly for Patch.com in Urbandale, Iowa, in the suburbs of Des Moines, before signing on with the Business Record in 2012. Find her Twitter feed here.
Bill Pliske is digital presentation editor for the Arizona Republic of Phoenix, Ariz. After spending a year as graphics editor of the Victoria (Texas) Advocate, Bill moved to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1994 as design director. He became news design director of the Republic in 2006 and moved into his current position in 2009. Find his Twitter feed here. Bill turns 50 today.
Bill Reiter is a columnist and sportswriter for Fox Sports in Los Angeles. A 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri, Bill spent a year studying at the Imperial College of London and interning with the Daily Express. He also served internships with the Dubuque, Iowa, Telegraph Herald, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Washington Times and the Chicago Tribune. He spent two years as a reporter for the Democrat-Gazette of Little Rock, Ark., and then three-and-a-half years at the Des Moines Register before moving to the Kansas City Star in 2006 as a sports enterprise reporter. He leaped to Fox in 2010 and is the resident NBA Insider guy on FOX Sports 1 TV and Fox Sports Radio. Find his columns here and his Twitter feed here.
Angeli Wright is a staff photographer for the Victoria (Texas) Advocate. A 2010 graduate of Michigan State University, Angeli served as assistant photo editor for the student paper there, the State News. She’s been at the Advocate since 2011. Find Angeli’s portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.
Angeli, Bill, Bill and Anne share a birthday with actors Arthur Leonard Rosenburg (better known as Tony Randall), Herbert Walton “Jackie” Gleason Jr., William Clement “Bill” Frawley, Christianne Carafano (better known as Chase Masterson) and Mark Alan Dacascos; musicians Michael Bolotin (better known as Michael Bolton), Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino Jr., Erica Abi Wright (better known as Erykah Badu), William S. Levise Jr. (better known as Mitch Ryder), Nathaniel Joseph “Nate” Ruess (of Fun) and John R. “Johnny” Cash; sports greats Marshall William Faulk (football), Jack Thomas “J.T.” Snow Jr. (baseball) and Charles “Chuck” Wepner (boxing); novelists Victor-Marie Hugo and Edward Hamilton Waldo (better known as Theodore Sturgeon), politicians Ariel Scheinermann (better known as Ariel Sharon) and Timothy Michael “Tim” Kaine; TV journalist Robert David Sanders Novak; industrialist Herbert Henry Dow; wild west personality William Frederick Cody (better known as Buffalo Bill); clothing manufacturer Löb Strauß (better known as Levi Strauss) and animator Frederick Bean “Tex” Avery.
In addition, today is National Chili Day, National Bacon Day, World Pistachio Day, National Personal Chefs Day, Levi Strauss Day, For Pete’s Sake Day and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Seriously.
Have a wonderful birthday, y’all! Best wishes!