Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to nine top-notch 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 editor and chief of JustEditors.com, a web-based proofreading and editing service based in Raleigh, N.C. 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 Leslie’s web site here, her company’s Facebook page here and her 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 43 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 this summer after 19 years. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Randy turns 44 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 left newspapers last summer 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. Find her online portfolio here and her photography Facebook page 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, Genevieve, Bert, Randy, Nasser, Tom 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 National Holistic Pet Day, National Toasted Marshmallow Day, International Whale Shark Day, Franchise Appreciation Day and Bacon Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, all! Have a wonderful birthday!