Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to seven excellent visual journalists…
Geoffrey Bowman is a “newspaper producer” for the E.W. Scripps newspaper production hub in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Tina Croley is managing editor for content for Stars and Stripes and based in Washington, D.C. A 1982 graduate of Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., Tina spent 17 years at the Herald Leader, starting out as an office clerk, then as a copy editor, a fashion writer, a shopping columnist and then assistant lifestyles editor. She moved to the Detroit Free Press in 1995 as assistant features editor and was promoted to features editor in 1995. She left the Freep in 2009 after 14 years there and joined Stars and Stripes in 2010 as enterprise editor. she moved into her current position last fall. Find her Twitter feed here. Tina turns 55 today.
Dave Elbert is a columnist for the Des Moines Business Record and a writer and editor for Iowa Business 365. He stepped down in 2012 after 36-and-a-half years of reporting, business editing and writing a column for the Des Moines Register. Dave turns 68 today.
Claire Innes is art director of Chicago Parent magazine plus four suburban weekly newspapers and based in Oak Park, Ill. A 1983 graduate of the University of Michigan, Claire worked as an artist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a features designer and art director for the Detroit Free Press before moving to the Chicago Tribune in 1995 as an art director for the Trib‘s Travel and Q sections. She spent four years as creative director of the Post-Tribune in Merrillville, Ind. Find her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.
Joey Kirk is lead designer for High Gear Media of Palo Alto, Calif., and a curriculum developer for Bloc, Inc., of San Francisco. Both are developers of web, mobile and tablet platforms. The owner of bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Tech, Joey spent some of his college years working as a reporter for the Wylie News. His final year, he was editor-in-chief of the Texas Tech student paper, the Daily Toreador. Joey served a summer fellowship at the Poynter Institute and then spent more than two years as a sports designer with the Arizona Republic before moving to the user experience team at Tribune Interactive in Chicago, Ill., in 2009. He was promoted to lead designer in 2011 but then started work for High Gear in 2012. In addition, Joey was CEO and creative director of 5M Sports, a branding firm that specializes in athletes and sports organizations. Find his personal web site here. His wife, Chelsea, is a political reporter for the Courier and Press of Evansville, Ind. Find his personal web site here and his Twitter feed here. Joey turns 31 today.
For the past 15 years, Katie Kunert has been a graphics reporter and artist for the Des Moines Register. I hired her myself, out of tiny Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa, where she had been layout editor of the weekly college tab. Those of you who have seen my slideshows have seen samples of Katie’s work. Since I left the Register in 2003, Katie got married, changed her name and became a mom. For a long time, she ran MomsLikeMe, a web site for Des Moines-area mothers. Find Katie’s Twitter feed here.
Joshua Smothers is a designer for the Gannett Design Studio in Des Moines, Iowa. A graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, Josh went to work for the Des Moines Register in 2004 as a page designer and copy editor who concentrated mostly on sports. He folded over into the studio in 2011. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Joshua turns 34 today.
Joey, Joshua, Katie, Claire, Geoffrey, Tina and Dave share a birthday with actors Annette Carol Bening, Anthony Geary, Frank Theodore “Ted” Levine, Lisa Diane Whelchel, Adrian Paul Hewett (better known as Adrian Paul) and Leslie Townes “Bob” Hope; musicians Melissa Lou Etheridge, La Toya Yvonne Jackson, Daniel Robert “Danny” Elfman, Melanie Janine Brown (better known as Scary Spice of the Spice Girls) and Noel Thomas David Gallagher (of Oasis); sports greats Alfred “Al” Unser Sr., Kenneth “Ken” Schrader (both auto racing), Steve Mason (hockey) and Eric Keith Davis (baseball); authors Gilbert Keith “G.K.” Chesterton and Frederick Schiller Faust (better known as Max Brand); physicist Peter Ware Higgs; cartoonist Aaron McGruder; founding father Patrick Henry; attempted presidential assassin John Warnock Hinckley Jr. and president John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
In addition, today is Learn About Composting Day, International Day of UN Peacekeepers, Put a Pillow on your Fridge Day, Bats Day and Hug Your Cat Day. Seriously.
Best wishes for a wonderful birthday, folks!