Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to three outstanding visual journalists…
Chris Cobler is editor of the Victoria (Texas) Advocate. A 1982 graduate of the University of Kansas, Chris worked as a reporter for the Topeka Capital-Journal and the Colorado Springs Gazette before becoming assistant city editor for the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, S.D. He moved to the Denton Record-Chronicle as managing editor in 1993 and then spent 10 years as editor of the Greeley Tribune before taking a year off to serve as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He spent a year as publisher of Swift Communications’ interactive division before moving to the Victoria Advocate in 2007. Find Chris’ Twitter feed here.
Deborah Withey is a freelance artist, designer and illustrator based in Pembrokeshire, Wales. A magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, Deb worked as assistant design director of the Dallas Times Herald and design director of the Detroit Free Press. She spent seven years as a design consultant for the Knight-Ridder chain and served as president of the Society for News Design in 1995. Deb moved to the Virginian-Pilot in 2004 as deputy managing editor. In 2008, she moved to Wales with her son and her husband, Innovations newspaper consultant Juan Antonio Giner. Via her firm, Cheese + Pickles Studio, she illustrates and designs for publications, consults on newspaper redesigns, teaches design and conceptual thinking and designs furniture. Find her studio’s web page here and her Twitter feed here.
Donald Winslow is publications editor for the National Press Photographers Association. A graduate of Indiana University, Donald worked for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Pittsburgh Press, the Palm Beach Post, Reuters and CNET Networks before become editor of NPPA’s News Photographer magazine. He alternates between Austin, Texas, and Rome, where he teaches at John Cabot University. Find a gallery of his work here and his Twitter feed here.
Donald, Chris and Deb share a birthday with actors Billy Bob Thornton, Richard Jay Belzer, Daniel Dae Kim, Abigail Leigh Spencer, Michael Robert DeLuise and twin brothers Dylan Thomas and Cole Mitchell Sprouse; musician Louis Daniel Armstrong; sports greats Robert John Riggins (football), Mary Teresa Decker (track), George Dallas Green and William Roger Clemons (baseball) and Kurt Thomas Busch and Jeffrey Michael “Jeff” Gordon (auto racing); poet Percy Bysshe Shelley; the queen mother Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon; diplomat Raoul Wallenberg; longtime UPI White House correspondent Helen Thomas and President Barack Hussein Obama II.
In addition, today is Social Security Day, National Night Out, Single Working Women’s Day, National Chocolate Chip Day and Coast Guard Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, folks! Have a terrific birthday today!