Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six outstanding visual journalists…
Michael Barrett is a writer for the Gaston Gazettte of Gastonia, N.C. A 1997 graduate of East Carolina University, Michael spent a year at the Rocky Mount Telegram before moving to Gastonia in 2006. He’s been at the Gazette ever since.
Mark Edelen is an online director, producer, editor and designer based in Norfolk, Va. A product of Western Kentucky University, Mark spent four years as a reporter, copy editor and designer for the Messenger-Inquirer of Owensboro, Ky., before moving to the Virginian-Pilot in 1990. He edited copy and designed pages before becoming the Pilot’s only web producer in 1995. He was promoted to senior producer in 1999 and then to director of online production in 2008. Mark left the Pilot last winter. Find his Twitter feed here. Mark turns 51 today.
Stacy Innerst is an illustrator for children’s books and other editorial clients, based in Pittsburgh, Pa. A 1980 graduate of the University of New Mexico, Stacy spent a year-and-a-half as an artist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and then nearly 12 years as an editorial illustrator for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He left the Post-Gazette in 2011. He’s been freelancing for 20 years and began teaching at Pittsburgh’s La Roche College last fall. Find Stacy’s illustration portfolio here and his personal web site here.
Brian Moore departed the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif., last summer after 21 years there. A graduate of Cal State-Fullerton, Brian started out at the Register in 1993 as an editorial assistant, moved into a design and proofreading spot and then ended up as a graphic artist. He took a buyout last June. Brian turns 42 today.
Jorge Dionisio Muñoz is a freelance designer and illustrator in Maplewood, N.J. Jorge has worked as a graphic artist and editor for the Times-Delta of Visalia, Calif., the Los Angeles Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill., and the Desert Sun of Palm Springs, Calif. He has also taught computer and web classes and served as marketing coordinator for the city of Tulare, Calif., chamber of commerce. Jorge turns 54 today.
Reed Reibstein is director of product design for Garcia Media in New York City. A 2011 graduate of Yale University in New Haven, Conn., Reed served as deputy managing editor of the Yale Daily News and spent three summers interning with Garcia Media. He formally joined Garcia Media in 2011 as an art director and project manager. Mario announced Reed’s promotion Friday. Find his Twitter feed here. Reed turns 27 today.
Reed, Brian, Stacy, Michael, Mark and Jorge share a birthday with actors Tempestt Bledsoe and Dominick “Dom” DeLuise; musicians Adam Fredrick Duritz (of Counting Crows), Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia (of the Grateful Dead), Artis Leon Ivey Jr. (better known as Coolio), Carlton Douglas Ridenhour (better known as Chuck D), Ashley Ward Parker and Robert Cray; directors Samuel Alexander “Sam” Mendes and David Benjamin Wain; Marvel Studios founder Avi Arad; fashion designer Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent; sports greats Jack Albert Kramer (tennis), Edgerrin Tyree James, Ray Nettles (both football), Madison Kyle Bumgarner (baseball) and Roy Allen Williams (basketball coach); explorer William Clark; lawyer-turned-poet Francis Scott Key; novelist Herman Melville and media reporter Howard Alan Kurtz.
In addition, today is Sandcastle Day, Girlfriends Day, National Minority Day, Mead Day, India Pale Ale Day, National Mustard Day, Sandcastle Day and Spider-Man Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, folks! Have a wonderful birthday!