Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to eight talented visual journalists…
Emily Pepperman Atkinson is a web designer based in Crystal River, Fla. Previously, Emily worked in the entertainment department of Busch Gardens in Tampa and then as a web designer for Interstat Inc. In 2000, Emily and a partner bought an existing operation and used it to create Professional Web Concepts, a web hosting, design firm and programming firm. Find her site here.
Amy Bartner is engagement and utility content manager for the Indianapolis Star. A 2005 graduate of Michigan State University, Amy served as a reporter and editor for the student paper there, the State News, and served internships at the Bay City Times, the Birmingham News and the Saginaw News. She went to work for the Star in 2006 as a reporter. She was promoted to online editor and producer in 2008, social media editor in 2011 and then to her current position last month. Find her Twitter feed here.
Frank Daniels III is community conversations editor for the Tennessean of Nashville, Tenn. A 1978 graduate of Duke University, Frank spent two years as president and publisher of Business North Carolina and then five years as vice president and executive editor of the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. During his time leading the N&O, Frank3 — as we used to call him — launched NandO, the first daily newspaper on the internet. We were also one of the first newspapers to give internet access to every news staffer. Frank went on to found and run Total Sports, an online sports content provider, Vital Source Technologies and Wakestone Press, a small non-fiction book publisher in Nashville. He joined the Tennessean in 2012. Find Frank’s columns here and his Twitter feed here.
Peter Nguyen is design director for U-T San Diego. A 1994 graduate of UCLA, Peter spent five years as an illustrator and features design director for the Orange County Register and then another five as an art director for the OCR’s owner, Freedom Communications. He went free-lance full-time in 2007 and then signed on with the Union-Tribune in 2010.
Catherine Pomiecko is a designer for the Gannett Design Studio in Louisville, Ky. A 2012 graduate of Ohio University, Catherine served as design editor of the student paper there, the Post, and worked internships Cleveland’s WEWS NewsChannel 5, Cleveland Metroparks, the Chautauquan Daily and GIE Media. She moved to Louisville in 2012. Find her blog here, her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.
Melanie Sill is executive editor of Southern California Public Radio in Pasadena, Calif. A 1981 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Melanie worked as a reporter for United Press International before joining the News & Observer of Raleigh in 1982. She spent time as a features and music reporter and then assistant metro editor. She took a year off to attend Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow, returning to the N&O in 1994 as Sunday and special projects editor. She was named managing editor in 1998 and executive editor in 2002. She moved to the Sacramento Bee in 2007 as editor and senior vice president. She stepped down in 2011 and spent the rest of that year as an Executive in Residence at the University of Southern California. She spent two years on the board of the American Society of News Editors. She joined KPCC radio in 2012. Find her journalism blog here, her Open Journalism discussion paper for USC Annenberg here and her Twitter feed here.
Brad Stertz is corporate communications manager for Audi of America, based in Herndon, Va. A 1983 graduate of the University of Kansas, Brad spent five years as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, two years as the Washington bureau chief for the Detroit News and then six years as news editor for the Daily Press of Newport News, Va. He moved into his current position in 2008. Find his Twitter feed here. Brad turns 54 today.
Pamela Tobey is a graphic artist for the Washington Post‘s Morning Mix digital initiative. A 1981 graduate of Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, Pam spent a year as a reporter and artist for the Beaumont Enterprise-Journal and then two more years at the Austin American-Statesman before moving to the Post in 1984. In addition, she wrote and illustrated for Fashion Doll Quarterly magazine. Pam joined the Post‘s Morning Mix team last month.
Pamela, Amy, Emily, Catherine, Peter, Brad, Melanie and Frank3 share a birthday with actors Bryan Lee Cranston, Laura Prepon, Regina Maria “Jenna” Fischer, Rachel Hannah Weisz, Danielo Giovanni “Daniel J.” Travanti and Wanda Sykes; musicians Leslie Wunderman (better known as Taylor Dane), Paul Gerald Cattermole (of S Club 7), Peter W. Blankfield (better known as Peter Wolf of the J. Giles Band) and Joseph-Maurice Ravel; sports greats Ivan Lendl (tennis), Janet Guthrie (auto racing), Jeffrey Franklin Kent, Joseph Christopher “Joe” Carter, Jeffrey Alan “Jeff” Burroughs (all three baseball), Stephen Taylor “Steve” Beuerlein, Thomas Francis “Tommy” Kramer, Billy Joe DuPree, Franco Harris and Lynn Curtis Swan (all five football); TV evangelist Tamara Faye LaVelley (better known as Tammy Faye Bakker Messner); movie studio executive Michael Dammann Eisner and TV weatherman Willard Herman Scott Jr.
In addition, today is National Cereal Day, Employee Appreciation Day, the World Day of Prayer, Dress in Blue Day, National Be Heard Day and National Doodle Day. Seriously.
Have a terrific birthday, all! Best wishes!