Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six wonderful visual journalists…
Tan Ly is president of Visually Dynamic, a firm that designs digital and print products and based in Washington, D.C. A 1996 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Tan spent four years as a designer for the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and then three more with the San Jose Mercury News before joining the Washington Post in 2003. He served as financial design director, A1 and enterprise designer and lead Sunday designer before being named deputy news editor and business design director. He left to open his design firm in 2012. Tan also spent four years as president of the D.C. chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. Find his company’s Twitter feed here.
David Newhouse is editor at large for Advance Publications. A graduate of Cornell University, David spent ten years in retail, with his children’s store named “Best in Boston” by Boston magazine. David went to work for the Times of Trenton, N.J. as a reporter, working his way up to assistant managing editor. He moved to Harrisburg, Pa., in 2001 and was editor of the Patriot-News for 11 years. In 2004, the Patriot-News was named one of Editor & Publisher‘s “Ten That Do It Right.” In March 2012, David was awarded the Benjamin C. Bradlee award by the National Press Foundation as editor of the year in the wake of the Patriot-News’ Penn State coverage. The next month, of course, the paper won a Pulitzer for that coverage. David stepped down in May of that year.
Bill Pitzer is senior visual information designer for Kwikpoint, a publisher of visual information guides based in Alexandria, Va. A 1981 graduate of Glenville State College in West Virginia, Bill worked at the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader and the Virginian-Pilot before moving to the Charlotte Observer in 1998 as news graphics editor. He left the Observer in 2011. He has created top-quality freelance infographics for a number of clients including National Geographic magazine. He earned a master’s degree from Appalachian State University in 2006 and now teaches — via the web — at West Virginia University. Find his online portfolio here, his blog here and his Twitter feed here.
Laurie Mansfield Reiter is an editor for Fox Sports in Los Angeles, Calif. A 1998 graduate of Ohio University, Laurie earned a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Laurie spent five years as a features reporter for the Des Moines Register before moving to the Kansas City Star in 2007 as assistant features editor. She was promoted to assistant managing editor a year later. She launched Ink, a free tabloid, in January 2008. When her husband, sports columnist Bill Reiter, moved west last summer, she moved as well. Find Laurie’s Twitter feed here.
Werner Walters is a senior applications and system specialist for Media24 in Cape Town, South Africa. A graduate of two different technological schools, Werner worked in customer support for technical support firms before joining Media24 in 2005. Werner turns 33 today.
Lynne Wynn is a stay-at-home mother of three in Centerville, Ohio. But 30 years ago, she wrote and edited for the Johnsonian, the student newspaper of Winthrop College. Where she worked with me during our senior year.
Tan, Werner, Laurie, Lynne, David and Bill share a birthday with actors Zachary Levi Pugh, Madeline Gail Wolfson (better known as Madeline Kahn), Paul MacKenzie Crook, Alexis Cruz, Jill Whelan, Lawrence Lavon “Larry” Linville and Andrew Clay Silverstein (better known as Andrew Dice Clay); musicians Orvon Eugene “Gene” Autry, Leland Michael Postil (better known as Mike Post), Jerry Lee Lewis, Suzzy Roche (of the Roches) and Dallas Green (of Alexisonfire); TV host Bryant Gumbel; director Stanley Earl Kramer; sports greats Kevin Wayne Durant, John MacBeth Paxson (both basketball), Warren Livingston Cromartie (baseball), Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko (soccer), Calvin Johnson (football) and Oail Andrew “Bum” Phillips (football coach); physicist Enrico Fermi; English naval commander Horatio Nelson; Medal of Honor recipient Gary George Wetzel; authors Norman Colin Dexter and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Australian prime minister Julia Eileen Gillard and labor leader-turned-Polish president Lech Wałęsa.
In addition, today is International Coffee Day, VFW Day, World Maritime Day and National Attend Your Grandchild’s Birth Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, folks! Have a truly great birthday today!