Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four wonderful visual journalists…
Julie Cahoon is a designer based in Utah. A 2007 graduate of Brigham Young University, Julie served as graphics editor of the student paper there, the Daily Universe. She spent six months as a print assistant for Amalphi Arts and then three years as a designer for Metalmart, a steel retailer in Lehi, Utah. She moved to Simple Products of Salt Lake City in 2012. Find her web site here.
Thad Ogburn is metro editor of the Raleigh, N.C., News & Observer. A 1985 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Thad spent nearly five years at the Jacksonville, N.C., Daily News as a reporter and city editor before moving to Raleigh in 1990. Over the 23 years he’s been with the N&O, Thad has worked as a copy editor, assistant news editor, news editor and then, for five years, was general manager and editor of the North Raleigh News zoned edition. He spent time as education editor and features editor before becoming metro editor in 2008. Find his Twitter feed here. Thad turns 52 today.
Emmet Smith is creative director for National Geographic magazine. A 2003 graduate of Ball State University, Emmet interned at the Virginian-Pilot, the Indianapolis Star and the Detroit Free Press before moving to the Plain Dealer in 2004. In 2006, he became business design director of the San Jose Mercury News, but then returned to Cleveland in early 2007 as deputy design director for news. Emmet’s work has always been consistently among the best in the business. He moved to the word side in 2012 as a pop music critic but then moved back into visuals when he was named design and graphics editor seven months later. He moved to the Washington Post last winter as a senior designer and was promoted to lead senior designer last fall. He moved to National Geographic in April. Find his Twitter feed here. Emmet turns 35 today.
Emily Stott is the design team supervisor for the Swift Communications’ central desk in Carson City, Nev., that produces pages for eight newspapers. A 2009 graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Emily served as print manager for the student paper there, the Nevada Sagebrush, and interned on the copy desk of the Reno Gazette-Journal. She started work for Swift in 2010 and was promoted to her current position in 2013. Find her web site here. Emily turns 28 today.
Emily, Emmet, Julie and Thad share a birthday with actors Karim Dulé Hill, Christina Rene Hendricks and Suzi Suzuki; musicians James Joseph Brown, Christopher Charles Geppert (better known as Christopher Cross), Francis Stephen Castelluccio (better known as Frankie Valli), Peter “Pete” Seeger, Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby, Kenneth Eric Church and Mary Hopkin; magician Douglas James “Doug” Henning; model Levi Keith Johnston; dancer Cheryl Stephanie Bautista Burke; YouTube comedian Toby Joe Turner; sports greats Walker Smith Jr. (better known as boxer Sugar Ray Robinson), Joseph Addai Jr., Lawrence James Henry Tynes (both football), Jeffrey John “Jeff” Hornacek (basketball) and Greg Gumbel (broadcaster); philosopher Niccolò di Bernardo die Machiavelli; Israeli leader Golda Mabovitch (better known as Golda Meir) and cartoonist Mell Lazarus.
In addition, today is Lemonade Day, Lumpy Rug Day, Paranormal Day, Public Radio Day, World Laughter Day, Hug Your Cat Day and Bladder Cancer Awareness Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, all! Have a terrific birthday!