Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to seven excellent visual journalists…
Reagan Branham is senior marketing coordinator for Hastings+Chivetta Architects of St. Louis. A 1998 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Reagan interned at the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill., and the State Journal-Register of Springfield before joining the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as a news, sports and features designer. She moved to the Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, Mo., in 2000 as a sports designer and moved to features six years later. She left the paper in 2011 and spent nearly three years with HOK — an architecture firm famous for designing sports facilities — before joining her current firm in August. In her spare time, Reagan makes cool jewelry out of things like Scrabble pieces, typewriter keys and recycled magazines. Find her Etsy store here. Find her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.
Bill Kuchman is assistant managing editor for design for Politico in Washington, D.C. A 2008 graduate of St. John Fisher in Pittsford, N.Y., Bill spent three years at the student newspaper, the Cardinal Courier, eventually becoming editor-in-chief and executive editor. He redesigned the Fort Drum Blizzard of Watertown, N.Y. before joining the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, N.Y., in 2008 as a page one designer. He was promoted to Sunday editor in 2010, joined Politico in 2011 and was promoted to design director in 2012 and then to his current position this summer. In addition, Bill owns and operates a pop culture and entertainment site called PopCulturology. Find his portfolio site here and his Twitter feed here. Bill turns 29 today.
Judy Le is assistant director of presentation for joint ventures and editor of Distinction magazine at the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. A 1997 graduate of Northwestern University, Judy interned at the Miami Herald before moving to the Sun of Bremerton, Wash., as a copy editor and page designer. She spent a year there and a year at the Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before joining the Pilot in 1999 as a news designer. She was promoted to assistant design team leader in 2005 and then to news editor a year later. She moved to the Virginia Beach bureau for a while and took on her current duties in 2011. Find her blog here.
Greg Lipford is co-owner of Lin Marie Enterprises of Orange County, Calif., sellers of PosiPocket. A 1980 graduate of Cal State Northridge, Greg spent 12 years as a sportswriter for the Californian of Bakersfield. He earned a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Cal State Long Beach in 1990 and then spent several years with the Orange County Register as managing editor of advertising publications, multimedia content manager and breaking news editor for web content. He left the Register earlier this month. Since 2012, he’s been marketing PosiPocket — a cute little idea that adds secure storage space to clothing that might not have a place for built-in pockets. Find the PosiPocket web site here.
Ellen Lynch is a user interface developer based in Raleigh, N.C. A 2003 graduate of Marquette University, Ellen interned at the News-Tribune of Duluth, Minn., and with Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa before joining the Albuquerque Journal in 2003 as a page designer. She moved to the State of Columbia, S.C., in 2005 and then again to the Orlando Sentinel in 2008. Laid off that summer, she worked a year-long temporary assignment as a designer for the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. She’s worked with the U.S. Census Bureau, gone back to school to brush up on web designing skills done volunteer work with the National MS Society and AIGA, and worked as a developer on the website of the National Institute of Environment Science Health Science and worked for Cisco. Find her portfolio site here and her Twitter feed here. Ellen turns 34 today.
Jay St. Pierre is a designer for RedEye, the free youth+commuting tabloid published by the Chicago Tribune. A 2009 graduate of Louisiana State University, Jay worked as a sportswriter, a copy editor, a page designer and as associate managing editor for the school’s student paper, the Daily Reveille. He also served as a sports stringer for Sports Illustrated On Campus, as a design intern for the Colorado Springs Gazette and as editor of Legacy magazine. He spent several months as a designer and copy editor for the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss., before moving back to Colorado Springs in 2010. He became a sports designer for the World-Herald of Omaha, Neb., in 2011 and then moved to RedEye in 2013. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Jay turns 28 today.
Patrick Yack is chief content officer for Alaska Public Media in Anchorage. A 1974 graduate of Southern Methodist University, Pat served as an aide for Rep. Alan Steelman of Dallas and then campaign press secretary for Sen. Charles Percy before signing on in 1979 as a reporter for the Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville. He moved to the Denver Post in 1981 and then was named national editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1985. Pat became managing editor of the Register-Guard of Eugene, Ore., in 1988; editor of the Greensboro, N.C., News & Record in 1993 and then editor of the Florida Times-Union in 1998. He left Jacksonville for points north in 2008. Pat has also taught as an adjunct at the University of Alaska Anchorage and currently lectures — via the web, I’d guess — at the University of Florida.
Jay, Bill, Ellen, Reagan, Judy, Patrick and Greg share a birthday with actors Nancy Campbell Cartwright, Anthony George Papaleo (better known as Tony Franciosa), Marian “Marion” Ross, Taylor Vixen and William John Bertanzetti (better known as Billy Barty); musicians Kathryn Elizabeth Hudson (better known as Katy Perry), Ciara Princess Harris (who usually goes only by her first name), Helen Reddy, Chad Smith (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers), Sara Helena Lumholdt (of the A*Teens), Richell Rene “Chely” Wright, Jon Anderson (of Yes), Alexandre César Léopold “Georges” Bizet and Johann Strauss II; comedian Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon (better known as Minnie Pearl); sports greats Michael Eruzione (hockey), Wayne Mark Rooney (soccer), Dan Gable (wrestling), John Edward “Ward” Burton III (auto racing), Pedro Jaime Martínez (baseball), David William Cowens, Chandler Parsons (both basketball), Brian Leith Kelly (football coach) and Robert Montgomery “Bobby” Knight (hot-tempered basketball coach); polar explorer Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd Jr.; astronaut Russell Louis “Rusty” Schweikart; Nazi war criminal Nikolaus “Klaus” Barbie; political consultant Chester James Carville Jr. and painter Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso (better known as Pablo Picasso).
In addition to the start of the Islamic New Year, today is International Artists Day, Make a Difference Day, National Forgiveness Day, Pit Bull Awareness Day, World Pasta Day, Sourest Day and Chucky the Notorious Killer Doll Day. Seriously.
Have a truly great birthday, all! Best wishes!