Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to nine wonderful visual journalists…
Marietta Nelson-Bittle is a former reporter for the Kitsap Sun in Bremerton, Wash. A graduate of Iowa State University, she turns 44 today.
Ashley Cappellazzi is a designer for Gannett’s Design Studio in Phoenix, Ariz. A 2012 graduate of Ohio University, Ashley served as a residence hall assistant and a designer for the school’s alumni association, the department of housing and the campus involvement center. Find her Twitter feed here.
Rudi Louw is a senior graphic artist for the Media24 chain of newspapers and based in Johannesburg, South Africa. A 1989 graduate of Selborne College in East London, South Africa, Rudi spent 19 years as a print and multimedia artist for the Daily Dispatch of East London. He started work with Graphics24 in 2010. Find his online portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Rudi turns 43 today.
Monica Moses is editor in chief of American Craft magazine in Minneapolis. A graduate of St. Olaf College in Minnesota, Monica worked at the Anchorage (Alaska) Times, the Arkansas Gazette of Little Rock and Gannett Suburban Newspapers in Rochester, N.Y. before becoming assistant managing editor of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in 1992. She became design director of the Charlotte Observer in 1995 and joined the faculty of the Poynter Institute in 1998. In 2002, she became deputy managing editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and was eventually promoted to executive director for product development. In 2007, she opened her own leadership, change and communication coaching firm. She took over at American Craft in 2010. Find her Twitter feed here.
London Nelson is a features designer for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, where she art directs the Taste, Variety and Home and Garden sections. A 1989 graduate of the University of Nebraska, London worked as a copy editor for the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, S.D., before becoming a news designer for the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. in 1993. She moved to the Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minn., in 2000 but then left newspapers to design catalogs for Target. She became assistant design director for the Star Tribune’s suburban weeklies in 2004 and moved to features in 2007. In her spare time, London designs and shoots photos for craft books and creates and sells her own hand-spun and hand-dyed yarns. Find her blog here, her Etsy store here and her Twitter feed here.
Chris Rukan is lead sports designer for the Washington Post. A 1998 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, Chris spent nearly four years as a designer and copy editor for the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport before moving to the Orlando Sentinel in 1999. He became sports design director of the Palm Beach Post in 2004 and then moved to Washington in 2006. Chris turns 40 today.
Amy Savona is senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Blue Crab Bay Co. of Melfa, on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. A 1995 graduate of Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, Va., Amy worked as a marketing director for Architecture, Inc., in Reston, Va. before becoming a copy editor and web editor for the Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky. She moved to the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., in 2004, where she ran the copy desk. She left newspapers in 2006, sold real estate for a while and then served as vice president for the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. She joined Blue Crab Bay in 2010. Occasionally, her job puts her in contact with interesting people.
Stephanie Swearngin is lead designer for the Gazette of Colorado Springs, Colo. A 2000 graduate of Colorado State-Pueblo, Stephanie interned at Vladimir Jones and KTSC-TV before catching on as an advertising services rep at the Gazette. She moved into the newsroom and spent three years there before moving to the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune in 2004 as lead news designer. She moved to the St. Petersburg Times in 2006 and also began working as a personal trainer. She moved back to Colorado in 2012. In addition, Stephanie writes about fitness for various print and electronic outlets. Find her portfolio here.
Marco Vergotti is graphics editor of Globo in São Paulo, Brazil. A 2002 graduate of United Metropolitan Universities of São Paulo, Marco has worked for Revista Época, Triver Estúdio Gráfico, Editora Abril and Editora Sinapse for Grupo Domo. He joined Globo in 2005 as a graphic artist and was promoted to his current position a year later. Find his portfolio here. Marco turns 44 today.
Ashley, Stephanie, Chris, Amy, Rudi, Marietta, Marco, London and Monica share a birthday with actors Julian Dana William McMahan, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Betty Thomas Nienhauser, Jerry Van Dyke, Maya Khabira Rudolph, Carol Leifer, Greg Pead (better known as Yahoo Serious) and Francis Xavier Aloysius James Jeremiah Keenan Wynn; musicians Maureen Therese McGovern and Roberta Lee Streeter (better known as Bobbie Gentry); TV producer Norman Milton Lear; sports greats Peggy Gail Fleming (figure skating), Leo Ernest Durocher and Alexander Emmanuel “Alex” Rodriguez; Hugh Donell Green and Jacoby Ford (both football); mathematician Johann Bernoulli and Dungeons and Dragons creator Ernest Gary Gygax.
In addition, today is Aunties Day, National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, Take Your Houseplants for a Walk Day, Barbie-in-a-Blender Day and Parents’ Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, all! Have a terrific birthday today!