Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five awesome visual journalists…
James Bennett is a visual communication analyst in the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C. A 1994 graduate of the University of Missouri, James spent a year as a reporter with the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune, a year as a graphic artist for the Asbury Park Press and then two years at the Orange County Register before returning to Mizzou to teach infographics and to obtain a masters degree in media management. James then spent four years as assistant graphics editor of the Boston Globe before becoming assistant managing editor of the Bakersfield Californian in 2006. He left newspapers for D.C. in 2009. Find his Twitter feed here.
Daryl Moen retired this year after 41 years as a professor of journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. A 1966 graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Daryl obtained a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1967 and became editor of the Portage (Wis.) Daily Register and then managing editor of the DeKalb (Ill.) Daily Chronicle. He joined Mizzou in 1974, serving for nine years as managing editor of the Missourian and authoring or co-authoring seven books on reporting, news design and convergence. Daryl might be retired but he’s not gone for good: He’s teaching one class this semester and next as well as working on the next edition of one of his textbooks. Find Daryl’s web site here and his Twitter feed here.
Mark Wood is an assistant editor for Helios Global Inc., a contractor that publishes magazines for the Dept. of Defense. A 1988 summa cum laude graduate of Winthrop College in Rock Hill, S.C., Mark spent nearly eight years as a reporter for the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg, S.C., before joining the Ledger of Lakeland, Fla., in 1996. He moved to St. Pete in 1997, serving for 14-and-a-half years as a senior copy editor for the St. Petersburg Times. His wife, Lisa Buie, is also a longtime Times editor and reporter. Mark departed newspapers in 2012.
Ken Wright is an artist — a painter — working out of d’ART Center at Selden Arcade in Norfolk, Va. A 1968 graduate of Norfolk State University, Ken started out that year as an intern in the public relations department of the Virginian-Pilot, moving into the advertising creative services and then to the photo department of the afternoon Ledger-Star as a retouch and airbrush artist in 1970. In 1976, Ken became an illustrator and page designer for the Pilot’s features department. He moved to graphics in 1983 and worked there until his retirement in 2007. Ken turns 72 today.
Teresa, Mark, James, Daryl and Ken share a birthday with actors Ioan Gruffudd, Elizabeth Judson Shue, Jeremy Merton Sisto, Britt-Marie Ekland and Jane Alice Peters (better known as Carole Lombard); musicians Kevin Cronin (of REO Speedwagon) and Sidney Matthew Sweet; sports greats Walter Ray Williams Jr. (bowling), Daniel “Daniel” Brière (hockey), Rebecca Rose Lobo (basketball), Richard Vershaun Seymour (football) and Anthony Kevin “Tony” Dungy (football coach); architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris (better known as Le Corbusier); CBS president Leslie Moonves; inventor George Westinghouse Jr. and journalist Shana Ager Alexander.
In addition, today is American Libraries Day, National German-American Day, Mad Hatter Day and Ecological Debt Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, all! Have a wonderful birthday today!