Birthdays for Friday, Oct. 31

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to nine excellent visual journalists…


Rebecca Allen is a former deputy editor for features and business at the Orange County Register. A 1972 graduate of New Mexico State University, Rebecca earned a master’s degree from the University of Washington in 1977. She joined the Register in 1995 after five years as an editor at the Los Angeles Times. She left the Register in January. Find her Twitter feed here.


Jonathon Berlin is design and graphics editor for the Chicago Tribune. A 1998 graduate of the University of Illinois, Jonathon began his career at the Times of Munster, Indiana. He became assistant design director of the Rocky Mountain News of Denver in 2001 and then joined the San Jose Mercury News in 2005 as a senior editor for design and graphics. He moved to the Tribune in 2007 as design director and then into his current position in 2009. Jonathon was longtime editor of the Society for News Design’s Design magazine and served as president of the Society in 2012. Find his Twitter feed here. Jonathon turns 39 today.


Daniel Berman is an editorial and commercial photographer in Seattle, Wash. A 2012 graduate of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., Daniel served as multimedia editor of Klipsun magazine and lead photographer for the AS Review. He spent some time as a photo editor for MSN Video in Bellevue, Wash., but he’s freelanced since 2006. Find his web site here, his blog here and his Twitter feed here. Daniel turns 27 today.


Michael Braun is a reporter for the breaking news strike team of the News-Press of Fort Myers, Fla. A 1977 graduate of Youngstown State University, Mike spent more than eight years as design desk chief of the Vindicator of Youngstown, Ohio, before joining the News-Press in 2005 as assistant design editor for nights. When Gannett centralized its design functions to its design studios in 2012, Mike moved over to a reporting spot. Find his Twitter feed here. Michael turns 60 today.


Bruce Chambers is a family therapist in Orange, Calif., and a longtime photojournalist. A 1979 graduate of Cal State Fullerton, Bruce spent two years as a photographer for the Desert Sun of Palm Springs, Calif. and two more shooting for the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, N.Y. He moved to the Tucson Citizen in 1982 and then to the Long Beach Press-Telegram a year later. In 1990, Bruce leaped to the Orange County Register, where he worked for 24 years. You might know him best from this iconic photo in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He won kudos in 2011 for interrupting a breaking news assignment to perform CPR on a man who had jumped from a highway bridge. Bruce went back to school to pick up a masters degree in counseling last year.


Susan Knapp is a former news designer who now runs a design and communications business and teaches and writes about quilting and quilt design via her company, Blue Moon River. A 1985 graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., Susan attended grad school at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and then spent several years as a designer for the Charlotte Observer and the Herald-Leader of Lexington, Ky. Find her blog here, her fiber artist Facebook page here and her company’s Facebook page here. Find her Twitter feed here.


Michael Kruse is a staff writer for the enterprise team of the Tampa Bay Times and a contributing writer for Grantland on A 2000 graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina, Michael spent two years with the Times Record-Herald of Middletown, N.Y. before moving to St. Pete in 2005. He won the Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism from the Florida Society of News Editors in 2011. He was the author of that awesome three-part Last Voyage of the Bounty series you heard so much about last fall. Find his story archive here, his blog here and his Twitter feed here. Michael turns 37 today.


Colin Smith is managing editor for innovation at the Villages Daily Sun of central Florida. A 2000 graduate of the University of Southern California, Colin spent six years as presentation editor of the Salt Lake Tribune before moving to the Gannett Design Studio in Phoenix in 2011. He helped his pal Josh Awtry redesign two papers in two years: The Times-News of Twin Falls, Idaho, in 2011 and then the Coloradoan of Fort Collins in 2012. He created much of the structure for the Arizona Republic‘s redesign earlier this year. Colin moved to Florida in June. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Colin turns 37 today.


Dean Witter is a news copy editor for the Wisconsin State Journal of Madison, Wis. A product of UW-Marathon County, Dean spent five years as a sportswriter and copy editor for the Wausau Daily Herald and then seven in a similar position for the Reporter of Fond du Lac. In 2000, Dean was named assistant sports editor, features designer and design coordinator for the Forum of Fargo, N.D. He moved to Madison in 2004 as a designer and copy editor, then moved to a features copy editor and finally assistant design director. The State Journal eliminated his position last summer, but he signed back on earlier this year for a position on the night desk. Find his Twitter feed here. Dean turns 45 today.

Daniel, Michael, Colin, Jonathon, Dean, Susan, Rebecca, Bruce and Michael share a birthday with actors John Franklin Candy, Robert Michael “Rob” Schneider, Brian Murray (better known as Brian Doyle-Murray), Dermot Mulroney Eugene Maurice Orowitz (better known as Michael Landon), Anthony Calzaretta (better known as Ken Wahl), David Ogden Stiers, Barbara Bel Geddes and Lucille Wood Smith (better known as Dale Evans); musicians Adam Keefe Horovitz (better known as Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys), Robert Matthew Van Winkle (better known as Vanilla Ice), Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Mullen Jr. (of U2), Darryl Wade Worley, Thomas Richard “Tom” Paxton and Willow Camille Reign Smith; sports greats Frank Charles Shorter (long-distance runner), Michael Anthony “Mike” Napoli, Frederick Stanley “Fred” McGriff (both baseball), Louis Brian Piccolo (football) and Nicholas Lou “Nick” Saban (football coach); director Peter Robert Jackson; Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low; Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek; poet John Keats; astronaut Michael Collins and TV journalists Margaret Jane Pauley and Daniel Irvin “Dan” Rather Jr.

In addition to Halloween, today is National Caramel Apple Day, National Breadsticks Day, Day of the Seven Billion, Books For Treats Day, National UNICEF Day and, in Des Moines, Iowa, Beggar’s Night. Seriously.

Have the spookiest birthday ever, folks! Best wishes!

A rocket explosion makes for a spectacular front page in Newport News

In case you didn’t see the video that went viral almost immediately, a cargo rocket en route to the International Space Station blew up moments after leaving its launch pad Tuesday night at NASA’s Wallops Island facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Kevin Goyette, a senior editor at the Daily Press of Newport News, tells us:

I put the cover together with a big assist from our visuals editor, Adrin Snider, who pulled stills out of NASA’s video to get the lead image.


Often we have a shooter at Wallops for launches, but they scrub so frequently we haven’t been consistent about it — it’s kind of haul to get out there. Figures one we didn’t staff would blow up. Luckily Adrin was able to pull the big boom moment from the video.

Once we had an image to work with, the rest was pretty straightforward. We knew we wanted to make a big deal about it — we consider Wallops stories to be local, with the strong NASA connection, and you can even see launches from spots on the Peninsula sometimes.

Tuesday’s explosion actually coincided with our own launch (sorry for the pun). Our new website went live just about an hour before the accident, so we were on our heels a bit sweating the rollout.


It actually gave us a chance to show off some of what the new site can do, though, and the new platform helped our digital coverage really shine. Maybe not how we would have scripted it, but it worked out nicely.

I’d love to say we had an impressive spread inside in print, but really we were happy just to get the story in and edited by deadline, as NASA delayed a press conference a few times (thanks to our science and environment ace, Tamara Dietrich, and Shana Gray in the newsroom, for turning that around in time).

Average daily circulation for the Daily Press is 57,642.

A look at Thursday’s World Series pages

Madison Bumgarner came on in relief and threw five innings of scoreless baseball last night, earning a save, a 3-2 win over the Royals and a third World Series championship in five years for the San Francisco Giants.

Circulation: 229,176

The Chronicle led today’s front page with a picture of Bumgarner getting a congratulatory hug from his catcher, Buster Posey.


Thanks to Elizabeth Burr for sending us that page.

Circulation: 200,365

The hero of the game for the Royals was leftfielder Alex Gordon. Not only did he score the tying run in the 2nd inning, he also hit a triple in the 9th that would have tied the game at 3.

Unfortunately, Salvador Perez then hit a foul ball that Pablo Sandoval caught near the Giants’ dugout, stranding Gordon at third and putting the game away.

Gordon’s sad walk back to the Royals’ dugout was the lead photo on the front of today’s Star.


The picture is by staffer Shane Keyser.

The result of that final pitch was on the cover of the sports section today.


The picture is by John Sleezer.

John also made this great picture of Gordon sliding into home in the 2nd inning to tie the game at 2.


Both the sports page and the poster were designed by Sarah Morris.

Today’s Chronicle front is from the Newseum. Of course.

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Birthdays for Thursday, Oct. 30

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four wonderful visual journalists…


Elizabeth Cuevas Carrillo is a designer for Periódico La Razón de México in Mexico City. A 2004 graduate of UAM in Xochimilco, Elizabeth worked at Reforma before joining La Razón. She turns 32 today.


Lisa Mauch is a media communications specialist for the public library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio. A 1994 graduate of Miami University of Ohio, Lisa spent three years as a reporter for CityBeat and then four more years as an assistant editor for the Xavier University alumni magazine before signing on in 2003 as pagination editor for the Community Press/Recorder, an edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer. She earned a master’s degree from Xavier in 2007 and left the newspaper business in 2012. Find Lisa’s Twitter feed here.


Chris Mihal is creative director of Variety of Los Angeles, Calif. A 2004 graduate of Ball State University, Chris interned at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Virginian-Pilot before joining the Arizona Republic as 1A and projects designer. He moved to the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale in 2005 as deputy design director for features and business and was later promoted to news design director. He moved to Atlanta in 2010 to become creative director of Creative Loafing, an alt-weekly there and then was named creative director of the Gannett Design Studio in Asbury Park, N.J., in 2012. He moved to the West Coast in 2013. Find his portfolio site here and his Twitter feed here. Chris turn 33 today.


Bill Mitchell is a longtime member of the faculty at the Poynter Institute and is now retired — but still affiliated with Poynter — and currently residing in Boston. A 1971 graduate of Notre Dame — where he majored in theology — Bill worked as a reporter and editor for the Detroit Free Press, the San Jose Mercury News and Time magazine before becoming the Merc‘s director of electronic publishing in 1992. He became director of editorial development for Andrews McMeel Universal in 1995 and then director of Poynter Online in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1999. In 2009, he was named leader of Poynter’s entrepreneurial journalism and international programs. His new project: Growing and tracking economic development and redevelopment in Detroit, via his site, Detroit143. In addition, Bill has been teaching via the International Media Innovation Management program. In his personal blog — A Year in a Room — Bill writes about his new life living in Boston’s Beacon Hill Friends House. Find his Poynter blog here and his Twitter feed here. Bill turns 66 today.

Lisa, Elizabeth, Chris and Bill share a birthday with actors Henry Franklin Winkler, Matthew James Morrison, Sarah Sanguin Carter, Nia Talita Long, Harry Robinson Hamlin, Charles Martin Smith, Kevin Elliot Pollak, Edward Matthew “Ed” Lauter II and Ruth Gordon Jones; musicians Grace Barnett Wing (better known as Grace Slick), Gavin McGregor Rossdale (of Bush), Vanessa Karen White (of the Saturdays), Timothy Bruce Schmit (of the Eagles) and Otis Williams; directors Claude Lelouch and Louis Malle; socialite Ivanka Marie Trump; former Mythbuster Tory Belleci; bodybuilder Angelo Siciliano (better known as Charles Atlas); sports greats Diego Armando Maradona (soccer), Anastasia Valeryevna “Nastia” Liukin (gymnastics), Joseph Wilbur “Joe” Adcock, James Evan Perry Jr., Marcos “Marco” Scutaro (all three baseball), Marcus Ardel Taulauniu Mariota and Richard Albert “Dick” Vermeil (football coach); poet Ezra Weston Loomis Pound; novelist Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoevsky; Admiral William Frederick Halsey; U.S. president John Adams and TV news producer Ferdinand Friendly Wachenheimer (better known as Fred Friendly).

In addition, today is Checklist Day, Create a Great Funeral Day, Haunted Refrigerator Day and National Candy Corn Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday, folks! Best wishes!