Birthdays for Wednesday, Dec. 17

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


Alejandro Banuet is chief creative officer for Publish88 in Monterrey, Mexico. A 1989 graduate of the University of Monterrey, Alejandro spent four years as a designer for el Norte in Monterrey and then three more years as design editor of Reforma in Mexico City. In 1999, he became design manager at el Sol, an afternoon tabloid in Monterrey and stayed there for nearly 12 years. He left newspapers in 2011. He also teaches infographics at his alma mater. Find Publish88′s web site here. Find Alejandro’s Twitter feed here.


John Grippe is a news page designer for the New York Times. A 2002 graduate of Gannon University, John spent nine years with the Times-News of Erie, Pa., before moving to the Times in 2012. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.


Amber Guffey is copy desk chief for the Globe-News of Amarillo, Texas. A 2006 graduate of the University of Central Florida, Amber spent two years as calendar editor for Orlando Weekly before joining the News Messenger of Marshall, Texas, as night editor in 2008. She moved to Amarillo in 2010 as a copy editor and page designer and was promoted to assistant copy desk chief in 2011. She was promoted to chief last year. Find her blog here and her Twitter feed here. Amber turns 31 today.


Adam Rogers is senior production editor for the Daily Sun of the Villages, Fla. A 2010 graduate of Youngstown State University in Ohio — where he worked on the student newspaper and radio station — Adam has worked at the Daily Sun for more than four years. Find his portfolio here. Adam turns 28 today.


Doug Strahler is an instructor at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. A 2005 graduate of that same institution, Doug earned a master’s degree from Syracuse in 2006. He’s also taught classes at Syracuse and at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. He spent a year with VLN Partners of Pittsburgh, which sets up online lessons for school districts and then signed on with Slippery Rock in 2010. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. Doug turns 32 today.

Adam, Amber, Doug, John and Alejandro share a birthday with actors William James “Bill” Pullman, Milica Jovović (better known as Milla Jovovich), Sean Patrick Thomas, Ernest Lee “Ernie” Hudson, Eugene Levy, George Lindsey and Dave Madden; musicians Arthur Fiedler, Ryan Key (of Yellowcard), Neil Christopher Sanderson (of Three Days Grace) and Michael Edward Mills (of R.E.M.); sports greats Chase Cameron Utley (baseball), Bradley Ernest “Brad” Davis (basketball), Paula Jane Radcliffe (marathon runner), Emmanual Dapidran “Manny” Pacquiao (boxer-turned-politician ); religious leader Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now known as Pope Francis); novelist Erskine Preston Caldwell; TV chef Jeffrey Adam “Duff” Goldman; magazine publisher Robert Charles Joseph Edward Sabatini (better known as Bob Guccione); accused WikiLeaks leaker Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley E. Manning); wrongfully accused Atlanta Olympic park security guard Richard A. Jewell; TV newsman Christopher John “Chris” Matthews and NYT columnist William Lewis Safire.

In addition, today is Wright Brothers Day. Seriously.

Have an wonderful birthday today, folks! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Tuesday, Dec. 16

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


Nate Bloomquist is the front-page designer for the Quad-City Times of Davenport, Iowa. A 2003 graduate of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., Nate spent a year with the Press-Gazette of Green Bay before joining the Northwest Herald of Crystal Lake, Ill., in 2005. He moved to the QCT in 2006. He also covers auto racing. Find Nate’s blog here and his Twitter feed here.


Réhann Coetzee is editor of @myFiets, a new digital Afrikaans-language biking magazine. A freelance journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa , Réhann  is also national director of AMiD — the Association of Motorcycle Importers and Distributors — and director of the Think Bike Safety awareness campaign. His wife, Tarina Coetzee, is a subeditor for the Citizen newspaper, also in Johannesburg. Find his Twitter feed here.


Jody Collins is night editor for the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif. A 1998 graduate of Whittier College, Jody worked as a reporter or editor for the Napa Valley Register and the Long Beach Press-Telegram before moving to a page one deisgn position for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group in 2009. She was named assistant editor of the Long Beach Register when that paper was launched in 2013 and moved to the OC Register this past June.


Matthew Vann is a designer for the EO Media Group in Salem, Oregon. A 2008 graduate of New Mexico State University, Matthew also spent time at the American News of Aberdeen, S.D., the Sun-News of Las Cruces, N.M., and the Round Up, also of Las Cruces. He joined the Times-News of Twin Falls, Idaho, in 2010 as a copy editor and designer. He was promoted to copy desk chief in July 2013 but left for Oregon a month later. Find his portfolio here. Matt turns 32 today.

Réhann, Matthew, Nate and Jody share a birthday with actors Hallee Leah Hirsh, Benjamin Bratt, Harry Bernard “Ben” Cross, Krysten Alyce Ritter, Anna Katherine Popplewell and Liv Johanne Ullmann; musicians Tramar Dillard (better known as rapper Flo Rida), William Frederick “Billy” Gibbons of ZZ Top, Göran Bror “Benny” Andersson of Abba and Ludwig van Beethoven; sports greats William “the Refrigerator” Perry (football), William Oliver “Billy” Ripken (baseball), Trevor John Immelman (golf), John Berry “Jack” Hobbs (cricket) and Benjamin “Frank” Deford III (sportswriter); TV producer Steven Ronald Bochco; anthropologist Margaret Mead; TV journalist Lesley Rene Stahl and authors Noël Pierce Coward, Jane Austen, Philip Kindred Dick and Arthur Charles Clarke.

In addition, today is Zionism Day, National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day and Barbie and Barnie Backlash Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday today, y’all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Monday, Dec. 15

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to eight superlative visual journalists…


Joe Castle is a photographer in Huntington, Ky., via the company he co-owns, Cardboard Sea Photography. A 1994 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Joe spent a year-and-a-half as a content producer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, three years as a copy editor and designer for the Sun News of Myrtle Beach and a year as a copy editor and wire editor for the Herald-Leader of Lexington, Ky., before moving back to Myrtle Beach in 2000 to serve as chief of the Sun News copy desk. He moved to the Tampa Tribune in 2002 as wire editor. He left newspapers in 2007. Joe turns 42 today.


John Crittenden is a copy editor for the Jersey Journal of Jersey City, N.J. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, John spent nearly 10 years as a movie critic for the Record of Hackensack. He moved to the Journal in 1981 and has worked there 32 years. He also operates a freelance photo service: Show Me Your Faces. Find his Twitter feed here.


Justin Hayworth is a photographer and videographer for Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. A 2001 graduate of Kansas State University, Justin spent five years shooting for the News Tribune of Duluth, Minn., before moving to the Des Moines Register in 2006. He left the newspaper industry in 2012. Find his Twitter feed here. Justin turns 37 today.


Greg Kendall-Ball is a photo editor for the Washington Post, working with the foreign and national desks. A native of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Greg graduated in 2001 from Harding University in Searcy, Ark., Greg earned a master’s degree from Abilene Christian University in Texas in 2006. He spent a couple of years at the Reporter-News before heading back to school at the University of Missouri. He earned another master’s degree this past spring and went to work for the Post in August. Find his web site here, his blog here and his Twitter feed here.


Kimberly Kent is a freelance artist in Portsmouth, Va. A 1987 graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College, Kim spent nearly 22 years as a librarian and photo researcher at the Virginian-Pilot. She left in 2009 and opened her own studio, Turtle Moon Pottery — where she makes pottery sold in the Courthouse Galleries in historic Olde Towne Portsmouth — and Transformation Arts Studio, where she makes collages and mixed-media paintings.


Seth Mates is night art director at Newsday in Melville, N.Y. A 2000 graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton, he spent two years as a writer for World Wrestling Entertainment before joining the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of Ontario, Calif., in 2003 as an assistant news editor. He moved to the Times Herald-Record of Middletown, N.Y. in 2004 and then to Newsday a year later. His wife, Jennifer Spugnardi, is the brains behind Clean Sweep Copy Editing services. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.


Chris Rickett is assistant metro editor of the Chicago Tribune. A 1997 graduate of Indiana University, Chris worked as a reporter or editor for the Evansville (Ind.) Press, the Roanoke (Va.) Times, the Times of Northwest Indiana and the Des Moines Register before becoming page one editor of the Indianapolis Star in 1998. In 2007, he became head of night content and production at the Baltimore Sun. He moved to the Tribune in 2010 and took on his current duties in 2013. Find his Twitter feed here.


Bob Rose is deputy managing editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he oversees digital news content. A 1983 graduate of the University of Missouri, Bob spent three years as assistant sports editor of the Knoxville (Tenn.) Journal and then two years as sports editor of the Gannett papers in Westchester and Rockland, N.Y. before joining the Post-Dispatch in 1988 as assistant sports editor. He became assistant editor for entertainment in 1994, news editor in 1995, design director in 1997 and assistant managing editor in 2002. Find his Twitter feed here. Bob turns 54 today.

Chris, Seth, John, Greg, Justin, Joe, Bob and KImberley share a birthday with actors Donnie Wayne “Don” Johnson, Thomas Daniel “Tim” Conway, Michael Garrett Shanks, Garrett Richard Wang, Helen Rachel Slater, Melanie Chartoff and Adam Jared Brody; musicians David “Dave” Clark and Nicholas Beggs (of Kajagoogoo); radio personality Albert James “Alan” Freed; sports greats Nicholas Anthony “Nick” Buoniconti, William Lewis “Billy” Shaw, Rodney Scott Harrison (all three football), Maurice Samuel “Mo” Vaughn (baseball) and James Richard “Jim” Leyland (baseball manager); industrialist Jean Paul Getty; engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel; World War II general Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel; Roman emperor Nero; physicists Freeman John Dyson and Antoine Henri Becquerel and comic book creators John Marc DeMatteis (writer) and Kurt Schaffenberger (artist).

In addition, today is Bill of Rights Day and Cat Herders Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday today, all! Best wishes!

Birthday for Sunday, Dec. 14

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to eight superlative visual journalists…


Will Alford is director of content at Cox Media Group and based in Atlanta, Ga. A 1995 graduate of the University of Florida, Will spent a year as a copy editor and designer for the Fort Pierce/Port St. Lucie (Fla.) Tribune and then two years as a page designer and night editor for the Scottsdale Progress/Mesa (Ariz.) Tribune. He moved to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1998 and served as the paper’s product design chief until Cox consolidated its production work into hubs in 2012. That August, Will was named Cox’s manager of new product and business development. He was promoted to his current position earlier this month. Find Will’s Twitter feed here.


Jerry Allegood is a freelance writer based in Greenville, N.C. A 1972 graduate of Francis Marion College in Florence, S.C., Jerry spent 35 years as the eastern North Carolina correspondent for the News & Observer of Raleigh. He retired in 2008. Jerry turns 65 today.


Toni Guagenti is a communications, social media and crisis management manager and consultant via her company, the Guagenti Group. A 1990 graduate of the University of Maryland, Toni spent four years as a state house reporter and a senior editor for the Carroll County (Md.) Times before joining the Virginian-Pilot in 1997. She worked as a community news reporter, teen editor, editor of the Pilot’s weekly TechTalk section and coordinator of the Pilot‘s work with local TV channel 13, WVEC. After the Pilot laid her off four years ago, Toni worked as a proposal writer for ICI Services Corp. of Norfolk, Va. She took on communications duties for the office of Virginia Beach mayor Will Sessoms office in 2011 and social media management for Norfolk mayor Paul Fraim in 2013. Toni turns 47 today.


Ian McLean is a teacher-librarian for an elementary school in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia. A 1988 graduate of the University of Sydney, Ian earned a master’s degree from the University of Technology — also in Sydney — and has worked as a teacher or teacher-librarian, off-and-on, for the past 30 years. He spent four years as editor of the NSW Department of Education and Training’s professional journal, Scan. His professional learning blog, Booked Inn, was nominated for an award in 2011. Ian also blogs about Star Trek and science fiction.


Miranda Mulligan is executive director of the Knight News Innovation Lab at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. A 2002 graduate of the University of Miami, Miranda interned for Ocean Drive magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer and taught a graphics class at Ball State University before earning her masters degree from that institution in 2006. She then interned at the Sun-Sentinel of Ft. Lauderdale before starting work at the Virginian-Pilot that fall. The Pilot promoted her to multimedia presentation editor in 2009. She moved to Boston in 2010 to become digital design director for the Boston Globe. The relaunch of the “responsive” — a project she oversaw in 2011 — was a tremendous success, making her a huge rock star in the digital news world. She moved to the Knight Lab in 2012. Find her Twitter feed here.


George Rorick is a longtime news artist, graphics editor and visual journalism instructor. A 1960 graduate of Eastern Michigan University, George spent 12 years as an artist, illustrator, photographer and ad sales rep for the News-Palladium and Herald-Press of Benton Harbor, Mich. In 1972, he moved to the Denver Post, where he was promoted from artist to art director. He became art director of the Lansing State Journal in 1974.

Around 1980, George became involved in the startup of USA Today, which launched in 1982. He assured himself a spot in visual journalism history by creating the original USA Today weather page. In 1985, he became graphics director of the St. Petersburg Times and, a year later, became assistant managing editor for graphics of the Detroit News. In 1988, he took over directorship of what was then known as the Knight-Ridder/Tribune Graphics Network, creating KRT’s groundbreaking News in Motion animated graphics studio.

Throughout many of these years, George taught graphics classes around the country and especially at the Poynter Institute in St. Pete. George left KRT in 1999, spent a year as a consultant at el Mundo in Madrid and then joined the Poynter faculty full-time in 2000. George retired in 2004 and was honored in 2005 with a lifetime achievement award from the Society for News Design.


Kiersten Schmidt is lead sports designer for the Star Ledger of Newark, N.J. A 2010 graduate of the University of Miami, Kiersten served as sports editor of the school’s yearbook, the Ibis, and worked an internship with the Cape Cod Times of Hyannis, Mass. She spent a year as a designer and copy editor with the Northwest Florida Daily News and the Panama City News Herald in Florida before moving to the Gannett Design Studio in Asbury Park, N.J., in 2011 as a sports designer. She shifted over to the Star-Ledger in July. Find her web site here, her NewsPageDesigner portfolio here and her Twitter feed here. Kiersten turns 26 today.


Anton Vermeulen is graphics editor of Huisgenoot, South Africa’s highest-circulation magazine (a close second is You, the English-language version of Huisgenoot) and based in Cape Town. A 1996 graduate of North West University, Anton spent 12 years as a graphic artist for Media24 newspapers in Johannesburg, most recently its large Sunday national papers, Rapport and City Press. He moved to Huisgenoot in 2010. Find his Deviant Art gallery here and his Twitter feed here. Anton turns 40 today.

Kiersten, Anton, Miranda, Toni, Ian, George and Jerry share a birthday with actors Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Tammy Blanchard, Paul Finley Zaloom (better known as Beakman), Theodore “Ted” Raimi, Anna Marie “Patty” Duke, Lee Ann Remick, Moritz “Morey” Amsterdam and Frances Elizabeth Bavier; musicians Charles “Charlie” Rich and Lindley Armstrong “Spike” Jones; agent-turned-movie-producer Michael Ovitz; sports greats William Joseph “Bill” Buckner, Craig Alan Biggio (both baseball), Charles Louis “Charley” Trippi, Ernest “Ernie” Davis (both football), Stanley Roger “Stan” Smith, Patty Schnyder (both tennis), Joseph Brian Gay (golf) and Alan Dennis Kulwicki (auto racing); World War II hero James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle; astronomer Tycho Brahe; apothecary Michel de Nostredame (better known as Nostradamus) and TV news producer Donald Shepard Hewitt.

In addition, today is World Choral Day, Worldwide Candle Lighting Day and Monkey Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have a fabulous birthday today!

Birthdays for Saturday, Dec. 13

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


Rachel Kugelman is a designer and illustrator for the Gannett Design Studio in Asbury Park, N.J. A 2009 graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Rachel moved to the Asbury Park Press in 2011. Find her web site here. Rachel turns 29 today.


Sajeev Kumar T.K. is visual editor of Kaumudi, a 150,000-circulation Malayalam-language daily in Kerala, India. TKSajeev is probably better known, however, as the creator and proprietor of NewspaperDesign, a social networking site that specializes in newspaper design in India. He is also director of Region 19 of the Society for News Design. Find his Twitter feed here. Sajeev turns 48 today.

Rachel and Sajeev share a birthday with actors Steven Vincent “Steve” Buscemi, Eric Marlon Bishop (better known as Jamie Foxx), Johnny Whitaker, Arthur Christopher Orme (better known as Christopher Plummer) and Richard Wayne “Dick” Van Dyke; musicians Theodore Anthony “Ted” Nugent, Thomas Matthew DeLonge Jr. (of Blink-182), Samuel Stephen “Steve” Forbert, Amy Lynn Hartzler (better known as Amy Lee) and Taylor Alison Swift; music journalist Leslie Conway “Lester” Bangs; TV personality John Hamilton Davidson; sports greats Gary Wayne Zimmerman (football), Rex Ryan (football coach), Ferguson Arthur “Fergie” Jenkins (baseball), Rick Yutaka “Rickie” Fowler (golf) and Michael Todd Tirico (announcer); World War I hero Alvin Cullum York; First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and politicians George Pratt Shultz, Ben Shalom Bernanke, Thomas James “Tom” Vilsack and Herman Cain.

In addition, today is International Shareware Day, Day of the Horse, Pick a Pathologist Pal Day, Gingerbread Decorating Day and Tic-Tac-Toe Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, you two! Have a great birthday today!