Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to seven remarkable visual journalists…
Leah Betancourt is a content strategist for UPS. A graduate of Florida International University, Leah earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University in 2004. She spent two years as a web producer for the Palm Beach newspapers, four years as managing editor and project leader for internet broadcasting at KCCI-TV in Des Moines, and one year as digital community manager for the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. She moved to Raycom Media of Savannah, Ga., in 2010 and worked briefly for ScribbleLive before moving to UPS earlier this year. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here.
Cynthia Greco is audience development manager for MediaOnePA in Hanover, Pa. A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Cynthia worked for the Evening Sun, MediaOne and the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce before joining Media News in 1987. Cynthia left Media News in 2007. She returned to MediaOne in 2012. Find her Twitter feed here.
Craig Gustafson is a senior communications specialist for the Barr Engineering Company of Duluth, Minn. A 1991 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Craig spent three years as sports editor of the Republican Eagle of Red Wing, Minn., before moving to the Duluth News Tribune in 1997. He worked there as a reporter, team leader for sports and sports editor before being promoted to news editor in 2005. He was named assistant managing editor in 2010. He left in 2012 to work for Barr. Find his Twitter feed here.
Bryce Miller is the former sports columnist for the Des Moines Register. A 1986 graduate of the University of Iowa, Bryce spent eight years at the Press-Citizen of Iowa City before moving to the Register in 2000 as assistant sports editor. He spent several years as executive sports editor before taking on the sports column in 2012. Bryce left the Register this winter. Find his column archive here and his Twitter feed here. Bryce turns 47 today.
Michelle Minkoff is an interactive producer for the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. A 2008 graduate of Brandeis University, Michelle served as a reporter for the student paper there, the Justice, and interned for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Boston Phoenix, WTTW’s Chicago Tonight and the Los Angeles Times. She earned a master’s degree in 2010 from Northwestern University, worked for the Medill News Service and PBS. She went to work for the AP in 2011. She also teaches as an adjunct at Northwestern’s D.C. campus. Find her web site here, her blog here and her Twitter feed here. Michelle turns 29 today.
Matt Maggio is a freelance photographer based in North Carolina. A 1985 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Matt has shot for the New York Post, the New York Daily News, the London Daily Mail, the London Telegraph and the UK Guardian. Find his web site here, his blog here and his Twitter feed here.
Meredith Williams is a features reporter for the Forum of Fargo, N.D. A 2005 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead, Meredith went to work right away for the Forum. You might remember her as Meredith Holt — she got married last summer. Find her Twitter feed here. She turns 32 today.
Leah, Michelle, Meredith, Cynthia, Craig, Matt and Bryce share a birthday with actors John Christopher Reilly, Eric Close, Alfred Molina, Gary Richard Burghoff, Priscilla Ann Wagner Presley and Thomas B. Kin “Tommy” Chong; musicians Robert Allen Zimmerman (better known as Bob Dylan), Patricia Louise Holte (better known as Patti LaBelle), Rosanne Cash, William Wendell “Billy” Gilman III and Thomas Alden “Tommy” Page; sports greats Joe Dumars III, Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr. (both basketball), Kristopher Draper (hockey), James Newton “Jimmy” Demaret (golf), Joseph Thomas “Joey” Logano and Richard Allen “Ricky” Craven (auto racing); TV host Seán Dermot Fintan O’Leary Jr. (better known as Dermot O’Leary); poet Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky; English queen Alexandrina Victoria and gossip columnist Elsa Maxwell.
In addition, today is Brothers’ Day, Morse Code Day and International Tiara Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, folks! Have a terrific birthday today!