Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five gifted visual journalists…
Curt Chander is a multimedia instructor for Penn State University. A 1979 graduate of Northwestern University, Curt spent four years as a photographer for the Ogden Standard-Examiner and then ten years shooting for the Cleveland Plain Dealer before moving to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1995 as editor for online innovation. He left newspapers in 2007. Find Curt’s web site here.
Tarina Coetze is a designer and editor for print and digital, via her company — mcrMEDIA — based in Johannesburg, South Africa. A 1987 graduate of the University of the Free State, Tarina spent several years as a sub-editor and designer for Sake24, Media24′s business news operation in Johannesburg. She left Media24 in 2011 and has since worked for Interact Media Defined and served as chief subeditor for the Citizen, a nationally-distributed tabloid. Her husband, Réhann, is also a freelance journalist. Tarina turns 47 today.
Kristen Gray is assistant director of marketing for the Principal Financial Group of Des Moines, Iowa. A 1994 graduate of Grand View University in Des Moines, Kristen spent eight years as director of advertising for the Younkers retail chain before being named communications and marketing manager for RAGBRAI, the Des Moines Register’s bike ride across Iowa. She spent nearly as year as marketing planner for all of Gannett’s midwestern properties before joining Principle Financial Group as a senior marketing consultant. She spent a year-and-a-half asdirector of communications for Iowa Public Television before returning to Principal last fall in her new position.
Nate Little is a freelance artist and designer and an arts, media and entertainment instructor for the North Orange County Regional Occupational Program. A 2008 graduate of UC Irvine, Nate earned a masters degree from Claremont University. He spent a year as a designer for the community papers of the Orange County Register. Find his blog here. Nate turns 28 today.
Lisa Suhay is a free-lance writer and children’s book author based in Norfolk, Va. A 1988 graduate of Monmouth University in New Jersey, Lisa has written eight children’s books including Pardon Me. It’s Ham, Not Turkey, Dream Catchers, Tell Me a Story, Haddy the Doorstopasaurus and There Goes a Mermaid: A Norfolk Tale. When I went to South Africa, in fact, I insisted on taking a batch of that latter book to hand out as gifts. Lisa was kind enough to autograph them all for me.
Lisa free-lances commentary pieces for a number of publications, including the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times and the Virginian-Pilot. Her passion lately: NICE, the Norfolk Initiative for Chess Excellence, in which she uses chess as a way to reach out to kids.
Nate, Curt, Kristen, Tarina and Lisa share a birthday with actors Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, Howard Hesseman, Mary Frances Luecke (better known as Mary Frann), Adam Baldwin, Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward, Van Zandt Williams and Kate Mara; musicians Joshua Winslow “Josh” Groban and John Roy “Johnny” Van Zant (of Lynyrd Skynyrd); sports greats Gene Sarazen (golf), James Ager Worthy (basketball), Anthony David “Tony” Gonzalez and Raymond Emmett Berry (both football); TV personality Jennifer “Jwoww” Farley; politicians Harvey LeRoy “Lee” Atwater, John Bowden Connally Jr. and Ralph Nader; Supreme Court justice Hugo Lafayette Black; poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; novelist John Ernst Steinbeck Jr.; lead Apple designer Jonathan Paul “Jony” Ive; NBC founder David Sarnoff and broadcast journalists Chelsea Victoria Clinton and Charlayne Hunter-Gault.
In addition, today is Read Me Day, the National Day of Action and International Polar Bear Day. Seriously.
Have an excellent birthday! Best wishes, all!