Birthdays for Saturday, Jan. 24

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


Judie Anderson spent 19 years as an art director and illustrator for the Chicago Tribune before retiring in 2001. She’s a 1960 graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied under LeRoy Nieman. She spent several years as an illustrator of children’s textbooks before joining the Tribune in 1982. Get a glimpse of some of her work here. Judie turns 76 today.


Whitney Baker is web production and design manager for the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. A 2011 graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Whitney worked on the city and multimedia desks of the student paper there, the Daily Tar Heel and studied abroad at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. She interned at Paste magazine in Decatur, Ga., served a fellowship with UNC’s News21 project and then interned at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies in Durham. She also spent a year as a community coordinator for the Music Maker Relief Foundation in Hillsborough, N.C. She took on her current job last summer. Whitney turns 26 today.


Julie Elman is a professor at Ohio University. I’m on the record as calling her quite possibly the greatest A1 designer the world has ever seen. Her work at the Virginian-Pilot was nothing short of astounding. Julie joined the Pilot in 1994 as a night photo editor and then a designer. She taught at the University of Missouri for a year, then returned to the Pilot. She moved to Ohio in 2005. Her interesting artistic hobby: People write and tell her their fears and she illustrates it. Find her collection here and her blog here.


Sean Gentille is an NHL writer for the Sporting News, based in Pittsburgh, Pa. A 2008 graduate of the University of Maryland, Sean served internships with USA Today, the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post, most often working the dot-com side. He joined the Sporting News to work with an experimental PDF publication called Sporting News Today in 2008. He was promoted in 2011 to senior editor, in charge of hockey and hoops. He moved to the writing side in 2013. Find his story archive here and his Twitter feed here. Sean turns 29 today.


Deon Lamprecht is an editor, fact-checker and rewriter for Huisgenoot and You, popular general-interest magazines for Afrikaans and English-speaking readers, respectively, in South Africa. Previously, Deon was an assistant editor and features writer for Rapport, the national Afrikaans-language Sunday paper published in Johannesburg.


Jolene McHugh is an imaging specialist for the World-Herald of Omaha, Neb.

Whitney, Sean, Jolene, Deon, Julie and Judie share a birthday with actors John Adam Belushi, Ermes Effron Borgnino (better known as Ernest Borgnine), Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski (better known as Nastassia Kinski), Sharon Marie Tate, Matthew Lyn Lillard, Mischa Anne Marsden Barton, Kristen Schaal and Tatyana Marisol Ali; musicians Neil Leslie Diamond, Warren William Zevon, Julian Miles “Jools” Holland and Aaron Neville; comedian Yakov Naumovich Pokhis (better known as Yakov Smirnoff), sports greats Brian Cushing (football), Scott Andrew Speed (auto racing) and Mary Lou Retton (gymnastics), zoologist Desmond John Morris, televangelist Granville Oral Roberts and former presidential girlfriend Gertrude Gennifer Flowers.

In addition, today is Belly Laugh Day, Beer Can Day, National Compliment Day, National Peanut Butter Day, Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day and Fancy Rat and Mouse Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Friday, Jan. 23

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


John Amoss is an associate professor at the University of North Georgia in Gainesville, Ga., northeast of Atlanta. A 1987 graduate of the University of Georgia, John spent eight years as a news artist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before becoming an instructor at the Atlanta College of Art. After earning a master’s degree at Georgia, he began teaching at Gainesville State College in 2005. The school changed its name last year. John also plays guitar, accordion, piano, ukulele and harmonica for a retro-Americana music group called the Hobohemians. Find their web site here. John turns 52 today.


Ron Crow is editor for community news at the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk. A 1983 graduate of Penn State University, Ron spent several years on the Pilot’s online news team. Ron turns the big five-oh today.


Susan Mernit is a web manager, marketer, consultant, developer and blogger based in Oakland, Calif., and the founder of Oakland Local, a local news and community hub. Susan is a graduate of Bard College in Annandale on Hudson, N.Y., and earned a master’s degree from Ohio State. She led the team that developed Yahoo Personals, was vice-president of network strategy for America Online and vice-president of programming, design and production for Netscape. In 2012, she founded Hack the Hood, which hopes to teach tech and career skills among inner-city youth. Find her blog here and her Twitter feed here.


Tim Sharp is a reference editor for the TechMediaNetwork of Ogden, Utah. A 1982 graduate of the University of Kansas, Tim spent a year as a copy editor for the Fort Collins Coloradoan, three years at the Austin American-Statesman and then ten years at the St. Petersburg Times before moving to New York to serve as assistant technology editor for the New York Times. He spent eight years as online editor for the Des Moines Register and five years as a content development editor with the Hazelden Foundation in Center City, Minn., before moving to TechMedia in 2012. He and his longtime partner, Gage Church, got married on Christmas Eve, 2013. Find their web site here. Find Tim’s YouTube feed here and his Twitter feed here. Tim turns 55 today.


Astrid Verbeek is a subeditor — what we’d call a copy editor — for Media24′s Sondag tabloid in Johannesburg, South Africa. She’s a 1986 graduate of North-West University.

Astrid, Ron, John, Tim and Susan share a birthday with actors Richard Dean Anderson, Rutger Oelsen Hauer, Gilbert “Gil” Gerard, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Mariska Magdolna Hargitay, George Randolph Scott, Ernest Edward “Ernie” Kovacs and Delores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero (better known as Chita Rivera); sports greats Brendan Frederick Shanahan (hockey), Patrick Capper “Pat” Haden and Gerald Louis “Jerry” Kramer (both football); painter Édouard Manet; model Doutzen Kroes; founding father John Hancock; Caroline Louise Marguerite Grimaldi (better known as Princess Caroline of Monaco) and airline pilot-turned-hero Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III.

In addition, today is National Handwriting Day, National Pie Day and Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Thursday, Jan. 22

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


Michael Corey is senior news applications developer at the Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, Calif. A 2002 graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Michael worked as a digital content editor for the Des Moines Register, for its youth tab, Juice, and then as Register‘s digital projects editor. His work on Iowa Caucus coverage in 2007 won a National Headliner award for distinguished online journalism. He moved to California three years ago. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.


Eric Ginnard is a freelance photojournalist in Rapid City, S.D. A 2012 graduate of Southern Illinois University, Eric served internships with the Journal-News of Hillsboro, Ill., and the Southern Illinoisan of Carbondale. He spent a year shooting for the Gillette News Record and then four months working for the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal before going freelance last fall. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.


Kyle McCall is a a writer for A 2005 graduate of Southern Illinois University, Kyle spent two yeas as a designer and copy editor for the Richmond County Daily Journal of Rockingham, N.C. before moving to the Tribune-Star of Terre Haute, Ind., in 2007. He left Indiana and moved to Colorado in 2012 to work as a reporter, editor and designer for the Daily Camera of Boulder. He moved to Rivals last spring. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. Kyle turns 33 today.


Sam Noblet is a marketing coordinator for Brinkman Partners and a freelance commercial and portrait photographer in Fort Collins, Colo. A 2012 graduate of Colorado State University, Sam shot for the student paper there, the Rocky Mountain Collegian, served as chief photographer in 2010 and then editor-in-chief his senior year. He served internships at the Greeley Tribune and the Coloradoan of Fort Collins, Colo., and did some freelancing for the Loveland Reporer-Herald. Sam turns 28 today. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.


Simone Puterman is editor-at-large for MarkLives, a site that covers media in South Africa. She’s based in Johannesburg but is currently based in Paris. A 1996 graduate of Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, Simone sent seven years with WriteStuff, a niche and business-to-business publisher. She moved to 3S Special Editions in 2005 and then to BizCommunity in 2007. She started there as an assistant editor and was promoted to senior sub-editor, managing editor in 2010 and then to editor-at-large in 2012. She moved to MarkLives in 2013. Find her Twitter feed here.

Eric, Sam, Kyle, Michael and Simone share a birthday with actors John Vincent Hurt, Wilfred Baily Everett “Bill” Bixby III, Linda Denise Blair, Olivia Jane d’Abo, John Wesley Shipp, Diane Lane and Rosetta Jacobs (better known as Piper Laurie); musicians Stephen Ray “Steve” Perry (of Journey), Samuel “Sam” Cooke, Michael Kelland John Hutchence (of INXS), Jeffrey Allen Townes (better known as DJ Jazzy Jeff), Amanda Lee Modano (better known as Willa Ford) and Steven Adler; TV chef Guy Ramsay Fieri; sports greats Carlos Joaquín Ruiz (baseball), Raymell Maurice “Ray” Rice (football) and George Seifert (football coach); director David Llewelyn Wark Griffith; author Joseph Aloysius Wambaugh Jr.; philosopher Francis Bacon and comic book artist Nelson Alexander “Alex” Ross.

In addition, today is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Celebration of Life Day, Data Innovation Day and Women’s Healthy Weight Day. Seriously.

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

Birthdays for Wednesday, Jan. 21

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


Nanette Bisher is a project manager and marketing strategist in Boston, Mass. A 1976 graduate of Florida International University, Nanette spent seven years as deputy managing editor for presentation at the Orange County Register before moving to U.S. News & World Report in 1988. She returned to the OCR as creative director in 1990. In 1997, Nanette became creative director of the Westchester County, N.Y. Journal News. She spent a year as vice president of newspapers at Danilo Black before becoming creative director of the San Francisco Chronicle in 2001. Nanette was given a lifetime achievement award by the Society for News Design in 2005. She went freelance in 2009 and spent two years as creative director for GottaGoGolf, an online sports magazine for women golfers. Find her dog blog here.


Paul Hayes is managing editor of the Caledonian-Record and Littleton Record. A 1998 graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Paul spent four years as a development researcher at Tufts University before being named sports editor of the Caledonian-Record in 2004. He was promoted to managing editor of the Littleton Record in 2009, but, in fact, he edits the paper, reports, designs pages and shoots photos. Find his Flickr photostream here and his SportsShooter portfolio here.


Sperry Krueger is a research librarian at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park near Raleigh. A 1990 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Sperry earned a master’s degree at the University of South Carolina before joining the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., as a research librarian and resource manager. She made the leap into biotech in 2001. Her husband, Bill Krueger — also an N&O alumnus — is now senior associate editor for the N.C. State alumni magazine.


Jared Macarin is a designer for the Gannett Design Studio in Nashville, Tenn. A 2002 graduate of the University of Florida, Jared worked as a reporter for the Press-Register of Mobile, Ala., before moving to Nashville. He turns 35 today.

Jared, Paul, Sperry and Nanette share a birthday with actors Virginia Elizabeth “Geena” Davis, Gerald William “Jerry” Trainor, Robin David Segal (better known as Robby Benson), Jill Eikenberry, Aristotellis “Telly” Savalis and Alfred Hawthorne “Benny” Hill; musicians Charlyn Marie Marshall (better known as Cat Power), Leslie Charles (better known as Billy Ocean), Morris Mac Davis, José Plácido Domingo Embril and Emma Lee Bunton (better known as Baby Spice of the Spice Girls); disc jockey Robert Weston Smith (better known as Wolfman Jack); sports greats Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (basketball), Johnny Lane Oates (baseball manager), Peyton Hillis (football) and Jack William Nicklaus (golf); fashion designer Christian Dior; artist Jeffrey Koons; high-wire daredevil Karl Wallenda; Civil War Gen. Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson and Microsoft co-founder Paul Gardner Allen.

In addition, today is National Hugging Day and Squirrel Appreciation Day. Seriously.

Have a truly great birthday today, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Tuesday, Jan. 20

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six fabulous visual journalists…


Marin Devine is deputy art director for the National in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. A 2007 graduate of the University of Missouri, Marin worked as a copy editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel before joining the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun as a designer and copy editor. She moved to the World of Tulsa, Okla., in 2008 but then was laid off shortly after. She joined the National in 2009. Find her portfolio here. Marin turns 30 today.


Jeremy Fogt works at Rivermont Pizza in Lynchburg, Va. A 2003 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Jeremy spent several years with Lynchburg’s News & Advance as a sports copy editor, editor of the Burg and then a designer and illustrator. He left the Media General paper 2011.


Phil Perry is assistant director of media relations for the Southern Conference and based in Spartanburg, S.C. A 2002 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Phil worked sports information at UNC, Gardner-Webb, Indiana and the Atlantic Coast Conference before moving to the Herald of Rock Hill, S.C., in 2007. A year later, he was named assistant director of media relations at UNC Greensboro. He moved into his current position in 2012.


Jeff Schnick is managing editor of the Dallas Business Journal. Previously, Jeff was a designer for the Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel and the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel and assistant managing editor of the Abilene (Texas) Reporter News. He moved to the Dallas Morning News in 2007 as assistant news editor. He moved to the Gannett Design Studio in Nashville, Tenn., in 2012 but returned to Dallas shortly thereafter as assistant business editor. He moved to the Business Journal in November. Find his Twitter feed here. Jeff turns 36 today.


Yuri Victor is senior user experience designer for Vox Media of Washington, D.C. A 2005 graduate of Purdue University, Yuri served as editor-in-chief of the school’s student newspaper, the Exponent. He spent three years as an online editor for the Times of Munster, Ind., before becoming Product Design and Development Manager for Gannett corporate in McLean, Va. He moved to San Diego in 2010 to become the Union-Tribune’s product design and development manager. He moved again in 2011 to become director of user experience at the Washington Post. He joined what would become Vox last March. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. Yuri turns 33 today.


Abby Westcott is a designer for the Gannett Design Studio in Louisville, Ky. A 2008 graduate of Ball State University, Abby interned at the Daily Times of Noblesville, Ind., before launching her career at the Times of Wilson, N.C. She moved to the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal in 2009 as copy desk chief and then moved again to the Asbury Park Press in 2010. That paper’s design desk, of course, was folded into the Gannett design studio in 2011. She spent two years designing features for the studio before being named the lead designer for the Rochester, N.Y., Democrat & Chronicle. She moved to USA Today last March to design A1 and local covers, was laid off seven months later and caught on in Louisville this past November. Find Abby’s portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.


In addition, Michelle McCleary — a longtime editor and visual journalist with the Waterbury, Conn., Republican-American, United Media syndicate and the Knights of Columbus, would have been 36 today. She passed away in November.

You are missed, Michelle.

Marin, Yuri, Abby, Jeff, Jeremy, Phil and Michelle share a birthday with actors Rainn Dietrich Wilson, Lorenzo Lamas, Arthur Stanton Eric “Artie” Johnson, Nathan Birnbaum (better known as George Burns), Thomas Stewart “Tom” Baker and Jackson DeForest Kelley; musicians Ron Bourdon (of Linkin Park), Stanley Harvey Eisen (better known as Paul Stanley of Kiss), Brantley Gilbert and Huddie William “Leadbelly” Ledbetter; sports greats Jason Anthoney Richardson, Ronald “Ron” Harper (both basketball), Ozwaldo José “Ozzie” Guillén Barrios and David Mark Eckstein (both baseball); directors David Keith Lynch and Federico Fellini; TV talk show hosts Melissa Joan Rivers and William “Bill” Maher Jr. and astronaut Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin Jr.

In addition, today is Penguin Awareness Day, National Disc Jockey Day, Rid the World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day and Camcorder Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, folks! Best wishes!