Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to ten top-notch visual journalists…
Dale Alison is managing editor of the Hawk Eye of Burlington, Iowa. A 1977 graduate of Kansas State University, Dale earned a master’s degree from that same institution in 1982. He spent three years as managing editor of Harris Electronic News before moving to the Hawk Eye in 1985. He has also taught at Iowa Wesleyan and Southeastern Community colleges. He’s a past president of the Iowa Associated Press Managing Editors. Find his Twitter feed here.
Jaqueline Bica is a freelance editorial designer in Santa Rosa, Brazil. A 2004 graduate of the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Jaqueline spent five years as a designer and artist for the Jornal do Comércio and Jornal Bem Estar in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Find her blog here and her Twitter feed here. Jaqueline turns 34 today.
Tom Brew is editor of Saturday Down South, which covers SEC football. He’s based in Longwood, Fla. A 1980 graduate of Indiana University, Tom was a sportswriter for the St. Petersburg Times and then spent five years as night sports editor for the Tampa Tribune. He moved to the Indianapolis Star in 2004 as chief of the copy desk but was laid off in June 2011. He then spent three years as an editor for the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Tom left that job earlier this year.
His novel — The Ties that Bind — was released in 2014. Find his Twitter feed here. Tom turns 57 today.
Alex Chihak is an editor for the Gannett Design Studio in Phoenix, Ariz. A 2005 graduate of the University of Arizona, Alex served as chief of the copy desk for the Arizona Daily Wildcat and a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund internship at the Denver Post before signing on as a copy editor and page designer for the News-Messenger/News Herald of Fremont, Ohio. In 2008, he moved to the Globe-News of Amarillo, Texas to work slot, design pages and produce web pages. He moved to the Austin American-Statesman in 2011 but was then folded into the Cox Media Group editing hub in West Palm Beach, Fla., in 2012. He spent a year-and-a-half with the Associated Press before joining the Phoenix hub last month. Alex is also a huge fan of amusement park roller coasters. Find his hobby web site here and his photo blog here. Alex turns 33 today.
Jeff Eckhoff is communications manager for the Center for Industrial Research and Service at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. A 1992 graduate of the University of Missouri, Jeff spent two years with the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune before moving to the Philadelphia Inquirer as a suburban reporter. He then worked with the Central Penn Business Journal before moving to the Des Moines Register in 1996 as a courts reporter. He also covered business and government in his 17 years with the Register. Gannett laid off in 2013. He freelanced a while before joining CIRAS last winter. Find Jeff’s Twitter feed here.
Mike Hixenbaugh is a military reporter for the Virginian-Pilot. A 2007 graduate of the University of Akron, Mike was news editor of the student paper there, the Buchtelite. He reported for the Courier-Journal of Ravenna, Ohio before signing on with the Rocky Mount (N.C.) Telegram in 2007. He moved to the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer in 2010 and then to the Pilot in 2011. He switched from education to the military beat in 2012. Find Mike’s web site here and his Twitter feed here. Mike turns 31 today.
Cindy Miller is a communications, management and training consultant via her firm, Cindy Miller Communications based in Marietta, Ga. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Cindy earned a master’s degree from Kennesaw State University and spent seven years as a features editor at the Gwinnett (Ga.) Daily News and then ten years as metro editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She works as a consultant by herself and also as a team with her husband, Edward. In addition, Cindy is director of marketing and strategy for WOW! transformations, a training firm. Find her blog here, her Twitter feed here and Edward’s page here.
Terry Plumb retired eight years ago after 20 years as editor of the Herald of Rock Hill, S.C. A 1966 graduate of Notre Dame, Terry spent time working in U.S. Army Intelligence. He spent two years as editor of the Sun of Clearwater, Fla., and nine as editor of the Island Packet of Hilton Head, S.C. before moving to Rock Hill in 1987. He spent a year or so as a media relations specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau and still does some writing and editing on the side. Terry turns 70 today.
Elizabeth Sedrel is copy chief for Better Homes and Gardens magazine in Des Moines, Iowa. A graduate of Northwestern University, she spent several years at the Des Moines Register and then at Meredith/Kraft Integrated Marketing. She’s also an instructor at Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping in Des Moines.
Warren Watson is the former executive editor of the Telegraph of Alton, Ill. A 1973 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Warren spent seven years as managing editor of the Portland (Maine) Press Herald and six years as a vice president at the American Press Institute in Reston, Va. He served as president of the Society for News Design in 2003 and then was Director of J-Ideas for Ball State University’s First Amendment Institute. He earned a master’s degree from Ball State in 2008 and spent five years as executive director of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in Phoenix, Ariz. He spent a year as a journalism consultant and trainer and moved to the Telegraph in April. He was informed two weeks ago that his position was being eliminated. Warren turns 65 today.
Mike, Alex, Dale, Jacquelina, Jeff, Elizabeth, Cindy, Tom, Warren and Terry share a birthday with actors Christina Applegate, Jillian Noel Hennessy, William Albert “Billy” Burke, John Barnard Larroquette, Henry Herman McKinnies (better known as Jeffrey Hunter), Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino (better known as just Ricardo Montalbán) and Noel Neill; musicians Percy Sledge and Amy Lee Grant; presidential children Jenna Welch Bush Hager, Barbara Pierce Bush and John Fitzgerald “John-John” Kennedy Jr.; sports greats Edward William “Eddie” Shore (hockey), Russell Earl O’Dey (better known as Bucky Dent), Joseph Paul DiMaggio, Nicholas Thompson “Nick” Swisher (all three baseball), Donovan Jamal McNabb, Cristopher D. “Cris” Carter, Bernard Joseph “Bernie” Kosar Jr. (all three football), Joe Jackson Gibbs and Charles “Chip” Kelly (football coaches); mystery author Charlaine Harris; steel magnate-turned-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie; automotive inventor Karl Benz; Chilean leader Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte; prohibition advocate Carrie Amelia Moore Nation, convicted Enron executive Jeffrey Keith “Jeff” Skilling and Nixon-speechwriter-turned-actor-turned TV pitchman Benjamin Jeremy “Ben” Stein.
In addition, today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, International Hat Day, Blasé Day and Tie One On Day. Seriously.
Have a wonderful birthday today, all! Best wishes!