Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four superlative visual journalists…
Battinto Batts is assistant dean for academic affairs in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University in Hampton, Va. A 1990 graduate of Richmond’s Virginia Commonwealth University, Battinto worked as a reporter for the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, the Daily Press of Newport News and the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk. He spent a year at the St. Petersburg Times before returning to the Pilot as a business reporter, and then as a recruiting and training coordinator and educational services manager. He left the Pilot in 2008 and spent time in marketing, advertising and branding before creating his own niche internet company. Battinto earned a master’s degree from Norfolk State University in 2006, began teaching at Hampton in 2007 and earned his Ph.D. in 2011. He taught media entrepreneurship, media ethics, reporting and editing and served as chair for the school’s Annual Fund Committee. He spent three years as director of the University’s William R. Harvey Leadership Institute before moving into his current position in April. Find Battinto’s Twitter feed here.
Danny Dougherty is a digital news developer for McClatchy’s D.C. news bureau. A 2006 graduate of the University of Missouri, Danny interned at U.S. News & World Report before moving to Stateline.org in Washington, D.C., later that year. He moved to Bloomberg Government in 2010 as a graphics reporter. He moved again to McClatchy in 2013. Danny turns 30 today. Find his Twitter feed here.
Jan Morgenrood is creative editor for City Press, a national English-language Sunday paper published by Media24 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Previously, Jan spent several years as production editor for Rapport, Media24′s Afrikaans-language Sunday paper. Find his Twitter feed here. Jan turns 53 today.
Elizabeth Smith is a real estate agent in Columbus, Ga. A 1990 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Elizabeth interned with the Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader and the News of Boca Raton, Fla., before catching on with the Daily Local News of West Chester, Pa., in 1991. After two years, she moved to the Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus, Ga., where she designed pages and created graphics. In 1996, she became assistant design editor of the News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., supervising five designers and serving as interim design director. She moved to the State of Columbia, S.C., in 1998 as a features designer and, after 15 years, went part-time last summer. She left newspapers for good in November, moved back to Columbus and started her new career in May. Find Elizabeth’s portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.
Elizabeth, Danny, Battinto and Jan share a birthday with actors Matthew Langford Perry, Kyra Minturn Sedgwick, Tammim Pamela Sursok, John Phillip Stamos, Adam Arkin, Peter Killian Gallagher, Diana Charlton Muldaur, Jill Arlyn Oppenheim (better known as Jill St. John) and Gerald Lee McRaney; musicians Lee Ann Womack, Ernest Clayton “Clay” Walker Jr., John Richard Deacon (of Queen), Peter Edward “Ginger” Baker (of Cream) and Percy Romeo Miller III (better known as Lil’ Romeo); reality TV personality Jason Silas “Jase” Robertson; actor-slash-politician Freddie Dalton “Fred” Thompson; actor-slash-director Jonathan Scott Frakes; producer Eugene Wesley “Gene” Roddenberry; poet Frederic Ogden Nash; author Francis “Frank” McCourt; sports greats William Lee “Bill” Shoemaker (jockey), Morten Andersen and Michael Anthony Muñoz (both football), James Jerry “J.J.” Hardy (baseball), Ronald Maurice “Ron” Darling Jr. (baseball pitcher-turned-announcer) and Kirk Herbstreit (announcer); magazine publisher Malcolm Stevenson Forbes; Mary Elizabeth Aitcheson “Tipper” Gore (wife of Al Gore); president William Jefferson Blythe III (better known as president Bill Clinton); inventors Orville Wright and Philo Taylor Farnsworth.
In addition, today is World Humanitarian Day, Aviation Day and Black Cow Root Beer Float Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, folks! Have a terrific birthday!