Birthdays for Wednesday, Sept. 2

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five top-notch visual journalists…


Colin Bridge is social media and photography guru for the Dry Dock Brewing Company of Aurora, Colo. A 2009 graduate of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Colin has worked as a photographer for the U.S. Navy and interned for New Mexico magazine, the New Mexican newspaper of Santa Fe, the Albuquerque Journal and the Popejoy Hall Center for the Arts at UNM. Find his blog here, more examples of his work here and here and his Twitter feed here. Colin turns 32 today.


Jill Geisler holds the Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University in Chicago. She’s also the author of a book — Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know — that was published in 2012.


A 1972 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Jill spent 25 years at WITI-TV in Milwaukee, Wis., ending up as vice-president of news. She earned a Master’s degree from Duquesne University in 2004. She’s served as a senior faculty member for leadership and management programs at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., for more than 15 years. She moved to Loyola this summer. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here.


Harrison Goodman is sports special projects editor for the New York Post. A 2003 graduate of the University of Maryland, Harrison spent time at the Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, Va., before joining the the Washington (D.C.) Times in 2006 as assistant sports editor for design. When the Times eliminated its entire sports department in 2009, Harrison slid over to USA Today, where he designed the slick, magazine products that organization publishes. He left USA Today for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2011 and then moved again to the Post that November as a sports designer. He was promoted to his current position last fall. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Harrison turns 34 today.


Judy Longshaw is manager of news and media services at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. A graduate of Furman University in Greenville, S.C., Judy spent several years working at the Herald in Rock Hill. She left newspapers for college media relations in 1999. Find her Twitter feed here.


Monty Zickuhr is a designer and copy editor for the Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville, Fla. A graduate of Washington State University, Monty worked for the Fairfield (Calif.) Daily Republic and the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer before joining the Times-Union in 1999. He turns 49 today.

Colin, Harrison, Monty, Judy and Jill share a birthday with actors Keanu Charles Reeves, Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez-Pinault, Thomas Mark Harmon, Yani Gellman, Nikki Taylor Melton and Michael Gray; musician William Everett “Billy” Preston; Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté; sports greats Lennox Claudius Lewis (boxing) James Scott “Jimmy” Connors (tennis), Adolph Frederick Rupp (basketball coach), Eric Demetric Dickerson, Brian Collins Westbrook (both football), Peter Victor Ueberroth (baseball commissioner), Leland Milo Hamilton (announcer) and Terry Paxton Bradshaw (running his damned mouth); teacher/astronaut Sharon Christa Corrigan McAuliffe; politician James Warren “Jim” DeMint; humorist Grady Lee Nutt; cat novelist Cleveland Amory and comic book writer and artist Walter Simonson.

In addition, today is V-J Day and Bison-Ten Yell Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday today, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Tuesday, Sept. 1

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


Kiely Agliano is senior art director for the Home Shopping Network in Tampa, Fla. A 1994 graduate of Florida State University, Kiely began work at the Tampa Tribune in 1997 — first, as a features designer, then as senior editor for design and graphics, then audience editor for visuals and finally planning editor for the paper’s tablet edition. She left the Tribune in 2013 to work for Kiely turns 44 today.


Danny Paskin is assistant professor of journalism and new media at California State University, Long Beach. A 1997 graduate of Faculdades Integradas Helio Alonso in ‪Rio de Janeiro‬, Brazil, Danny earned a master’s degree (2000) and then a PhD (2006) from the University of Miami. He also worked at the Miami Herald a year and at the News-Press of Fort Myers a year and taught as an adjunct at Miami. He moved to the West Coast in 2008. Find his Twitter feed here.


Lee Steele is design editor for Hearst’s Connecticut Media Group, based in Bridgeport. A 1986 graduate of Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., Lee worked at a number of newspapers before getting into internet design and marketing with as art director for Meckermedia, Primedia Business (now called Penton Media) and Primedia. He joined the Connecticut Post in 2003 as design editor. When the Post‘s corporate parent combined regional design and editing operations, he assumed duties over four other dailies and seven weeklies as well. He also teaches news design as an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. Since 2009, Lee’s served as Region One director for the Society of News Design. The society named him training director in 2012. He’s currently president of SND. Find his blog here and his Twitter feed here.

Danny, Kelly and Lee share a birthday with actors Mary Jean “Lily” Tomlin, Margaret Yvonne Middleton (better known as Yvonne DeCarlo) and Robert Scott Speedman; musicians Harold Lloyd Jenkins (better known as Conway Twitty), Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García (better known as Gloria Estefan), Barry Alan Crompton Gibb (of the Bee Gees), Jason Dean Bennison (better known as J.D. Fortune of INXS), Jasmine Alexandria Sagginario (who normally goes by just her first name), Archie Lee Bell (of Archie Bell & the Drells), Lecil Travis Martin (better known as Boxcar Willie) and Seiji Ozawa; sports greats Rocco Francis Marchegiano (better known as boxer Rocky Marciano), Joshua Clark “Josh” Davis (swimming), Timothy Duane “Tim” Hardaway (basketball), Garry Lee Maddox (baseball), Zachary Michael “Zach” Thomas, Jason Paul Taylor and Clinton Earl Portis (all three football); TV psychologist Phillip Calvin McGraw (better known as “Dr. Phil“); politician Dorothy Ann Willis Richards, comic book writer Jhonen Vasquez, comic book artist Eugene Jules “Gene” Colan and novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs.

In addition, today is Building and Code Staff Appreciation Day, Chicken Boys Day, Emma M. Nutt Day, Save Japan’s Dolphins Day and National No Rhyme (or Reason) Day. Seriously.

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

Birthdays for Monday, Aug. 31

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


Robert Ahrens is a freelance graphic artist based in Chicago, Ill. A 1987 graduate of Elgin Community College, Robert spent a year as a production artist at Elgin’s Joseph Spiess Company before joining the Northwest Herald of Crystal Lake, Ill. He spent two years there as an advertising artist and then three-and-a-half more as a news artist before moving to the Courier News of Bridgewater, N.J., in 1993 as a news artist. He became graphics editor of the Times of Munster, Ind., in 1996 and then moved again to the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., in 1999. He joined USA Today in 2001 and worked there for 12 years before going freelance in 2013. Find his personal web site here and his Twitter feed here. Robert turns 49 today.


Mark McTyre is sports editor of information and content experiences for Microsoft in Bellevue, Wash. A 1997 graduate of the University of Oregon, Mark worked at the Olympian and the Eastside Journal of Bellevue, Wash., before landing in 1998 as lead sports designer for the Fresno Bee. He became sports design editor of the Seattle Times in 2000 and was promoted to assistant sports editor for presentation in 2006. He left newspapers for the online side in February 2008, working as senior editor for and He moved to Microsoft in 2012. Find his old print portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Mark turns 42 today.


Jeff Patterson is lead sports designer for the Houston Chronicle. A 2005 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Jeff spent two years as a sports reporter for the Danville, Va., Register & Bee before joining the Daily Press of Newport News, Va., in 2007 as lead sports designer. He moved to the Louisville Courier-Journal in 2010 and slid over to the Gannett design studio there in 2011 as assistant sports team leader. He moved to Houston a year ago. Find Jeff’s portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. He turns 34 today.


Todd Stewart is head of interactive content for the Orlando Sentinel. A 1999 graduate of Kansas State University, Todd spent two years as news design editor of the State Journal-Register of Springfield, Ill., before becoming lead A1 designer for the San Antonio Express-News. He moved to the Sentinel as a page designer in 2005 and was named design editor for A1, graphics and multimedia in 2007. He took on his current duties in 2011. Find his Twitter feed here. Todd turns 39 today.

Jeff, Todd, Robert and Mark share a birthday with actors Richard Tiffany Gere and James Harrison Coburn Jr.; musicians Deborah Ann “Debbie” Gibson, George Ivan “Van” Morrison, Jerry Ivan Allison (of the Crickets), Regina Ann “Gina” Schock (of the Go-Go’s), Alan Jay Lerner and Itzhak Perlman; comedians Christopher “Chris” Tucker, Julie Ann Brown and Leonard Hacker (better known as Buddy Hackett); TV and radio host Arthur Morton Godfrey; sports greats Edwin Corley Moses (track and field), Isao Aoki, Pádraig Harrington, Charl Adriaan Schwartzel (all three golf), Frank Robinson, Matthew James “Matt” Adams (both baseball), Scott Niedermayer (hockey), William O. DeWitt, Jr. (baseball owner), Larry Darnell Fitzgerald Jr., Lance Andrew Moore (both football) and Thomas Richard “Tom” Coughlin (football coach); activist Leroy Eldridge Cleaver; prosecutor Marcia Rachel Clark; photographer Amy Stein and radio journalist Daniel Louis Schorr.

In addition, today is International Overdose Awareness Day and Love Litigating Lawyers Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday today, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Sunday, Aug. 30

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to nine brilliant visual journalists…


Meril Anand is principal visualizer for Hindustan Times in New Delhi, India. A 2005 graduate of SIGA Polytechnic College, Meril previously worked at the Deccan Chronicle in Chennai and the New Indian Express in New Delhi. Find his Twitter feed here.


Leslie J. Ansley is founder and director of an Imperfect Place, aimed at inspiring and strengthening black churches in the U.S. A 1983 graduate of Ohio State University, Leslie worked as a reporter, copy editor and editor at a number of papers, including the Dayton, Ohio, Journal Herald, the Pittsburgh (Pa.) Post-Gazette, the Cincinnati Enquirer, USA Weekend, the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal and the Raleigh, N.C. News & Observer. She left newspapers in 2001. Find an Imperfect Place‘s Facebook page here and its Twitter feed here.


Bert Dalmer is an investigator with the Iowa state Ombudsman’s office in Des Moines, Iowa. A 1994 graduate of the University of Illinois, Bert spent three years with the City News Bureau of Chicago before joining the Register Star of Rockford, Ill. In 2000, he moved to the Des Moines Register, where he worked for six years. Bert turns 44 today.


Randy Erwin is director of communications for Gaston Christian School in Gastonia, N.C. A  1993 graduate of Western Carolina University, Randy spent a year as a technician at a printing company before signing on at the Gaston Gazette of Gastonia. He started out as an ad designer, was promoted to manager and then assistant managing editor for design and graphics. He left there last summer after 19 years. Find his portfolio here. Randy turns 45 today.


Nikki Life is creative manager for marketing at the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg Florida. A 1994 graduate of Indiana University, Nikki has been at the times since 1997. She spent four years running the Times’ features design department and redesigning the Latitudes, Bay and Baylink sections. She was the Times’ design director before moving to marketing in 2011.


Tom Peyton is vice president of Kids Sea Camp family dive adventures of Columbia, S.C. A 1985 graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Tom spent two years as editorial cartoonist at the Danville (Va.) Commercial-News and a year as lead designer of the Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. He spent six years as visual editor of the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel before moving to The State newspaper of Columbia as managing editor of visuals. He and his family have operated Kids Sea Camp since 2010 but Tom left newspapers in 2013 to devote his attention to it full-time.


Nasser Othman Al Raisi is associate art director of the al Shabiba newspaper in Muscat, Oman.


Genevieve Ross is a free-lance photographer in Sacramento, Calif. A 1995 graduate of Cal State University, Sacramento, Genevieve spent nine years shooting for the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk. In addition, she owns MeatUp, a health food delivery service. Find its Twitter feed here. Find her online portfolio here and her photography Facebook page here. Find her Twitter feed here.


Dan Zedek is assistant managing editor of the Boston Globe. A graduate of Columbia College, Dan served as a design director for Parenting magazine, the Dallas Observer, Seattle Weekly and Natural Health magazine before joining the Globe in 1997. Find the Boston Globe visuals Tumblr here and the department’s Twitter feed here.

Meril, Leslie, Nikki, Nasser, Genevieve, Tom, Bert, Randy and Dan share a birthday with actors Cameron Michelle Diaz, Timothy James Bottoms, Michael Charles Chiklis, Marco Giuseppe Salussolia (better known as Mark Strong), Michael Michele Williams, Peggy Lipton, Frederick Martin “Fred” MacMurray and Marjory Ford (better known as Shirley Booth); musicians John Edward Andrew “Papa John” Phillips (of the Mamas and the Papas) and George Ryan Ross III (of Panic! At the Disco); comedians Lewis Niles Black and Frank Conniff; TV host Lisa Ling; sports greats Andrew Stephen “Andy” Roddick (tennis), Jean-Claude Killy (skiing), Robert Lee Parish (hoops), Shaun Edward Alexander (football), Clifton Phifer “Cliff” Lee, Adam Parrish Wainwright, Theodore Samuel “Ted” Williams and Frank Edwin “Tug” McGraw (all four baseball); zillionaire Warren Edward Buffett; retailer Roland Hussey Macy Sr.; novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; astronaut John Leonard “Jack” Swigert Jr.; physicist Ernest Rutherford; politician Huey Pierce Long; actor-turned-politician Ben Lewis Jones; columnist Mary Tyler “Molly” Ivins and cartoonist Robert Dennis Crumb.

In addition, today is International Whale Shark Day, Pony Express Day, National Toasted Marshmallow Day, National Holistic Pet Day and National Grief Awareness Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday today, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Saturday, Aug. 29

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


Nancy Jones Francis is a freelance artist and editor based in Albuquerque, N.M. A 1987 graduate of Syracuse University, Nancy spent a year as a features editor for the Times of Munster, Ind., and then nearly a year at a design firm before landing at the Press of Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1989. She worked there for nearly 20 years. She now calls herself “a former journalist who is transitioning into the urban planning field.” You might know her better as (former) blogger Annie Oakley of Pecos. Find her old blog here and her Twitter feed here.


Michelle Collins is a designer for the Dallas Morning News. A 2003 graduate of Oklahoma State University, Michelle spent four years as a designer and artist for Freedom Communications papers in Havelock and Kinston, N.C., before moving to the News-Press of Fort Myers, Fla. in 2007, where she illustrated features pages and art directed the weekly food section and a weekly magazine, Coastal Life. She migrated to Nashville in 2012 as part of Gannett’s production consolidation efforts. She moved to Dallas a year ago. Find Michelle’s portfolio here.


Gert K. Nielsen is an independent multimedia graphic producer based in in Copenhagen, Denmark, via his company, Emotion. A 1992 graduate of the Graphic Arts Institute of Denmark, Gert spent 14 years as a page designer and graphics editor for Ekstra Bladet before jumping to 24timer in 2006. He started up GraficGert, which seems to have evolved into Emotion. Find his portfolio here. His web site, Visual Journalism, covers topics of interest to news designers and graphic artists. Find his Twitter feed here. Gert turns 48 today.

Michelle, Nancy and Gert share a birthday with actors Lea Michele Sarfati, Rebecca J. Pearch (better known as Rebecca De Mornay), Elliott Goldstein (better known as Elliott Gould), Lanny Barby, Ingrid Bergman and Eloise Gwendolyn “Isabel” Sanford; musicians Michael Joseph Jackson, Liam James Payne (of One Direction), Michelle Lynn Johnson (better known as Meshell Ndegeocello) and Charles “Bird” Parker; directors Richard Samuel Attenborough, Joel T. Schumacher and William Friedkin; TV hosts Adam Donovan Sessler and Robin Douglas Leach; philosopher John Locke; sports greats Carl E. Banks, Christopher David “Chris” Simms (both football), Robert “Bob” Beamon, Wyomia Tyus (both track and field), Roy Edward Oswalt (baseball), Gary Gabelich and James Simon Wallace Hunt (both auto racing); White House press secretary-turned-gun control activist James Scott “Jim” Brady; inventor Charles Franklin Kettering; Canadian astronaut Chris Austin Hadfield, mathematician Stephen Wolfram and politician John Sidney McCain III.

In addition, today is Individual Rights Day, the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, More Herbs Less Salt Day and Franchise Appreciation Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday today, you three! Best wishes!