Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six wonderful visual journalists…
Amy Barnette Cunningham is a wire and copy editor for the Gannett Design Studio in Louisville, Ky. A 2011 graduate of the University of Memphis, Amy worked on the copy desk of the student paper there, the Daily Helmsman, and freelanced for the Commercial Appeal. After serving an internship at the Pioneer Press of Saint Paul, Minn., she joined the studio in late 2011. Find her web site here. Amy turns 29 today.
Rayanne Duchane is communications coordinator for the Nacogdoches (Texas) Independent School District. You might know her better by her previous name: Rayanne Schmid. A 1997 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, Rayanne spent four years as a reporter and then lifestyles editor of the Kerrville, Texas, Daily Times before becoming news editor of the Monitor in McAllen, Texas. Two-and-a-half years later, she moved back to Kerrville as managing editor. In 2010, she was named editor and publisher of the Daily Sentinel in Nacogdoches. She left the newspaper business in 2012. Rayanne turns 40 today.
AnnMarie Martin is communications director for the Huntsville Madison County (Ala.) Public Library. A 1984 graduate of Alabama’s University of Montevallo, AnnMarie spent nine years as an arts writer for the Huntsville Times. She went back to school in 1995 at the University of Alabama at Huntsville and became a copy editor, books columnist and editor of the books page in 1996. She left the Times in 2011.
Bill Marx is a sports copy editor with the McClatchy Publishing Center in Charlotte, N.C. A 1982 graduate of the University of Central Florida, Bill spent 16 years as a copy editor and then chief of the sports copy desk at the Orlando Sentinel. He moved to St. Louis in 1992 to work for the Sporting News but also worked part-time on the sports copy desk of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. When the Sporting News relocated to Charlotte in 2008, Bill moved with it. He spent six years as senior managing editor for NASCAR coverage and then nearly a year-and-a-half as assistant managing editor of the digital desk before the Sporting News laid him — and a lot of other terrific folks — off in 2013. He joined McClatchy last summer. Find his Twitter feed here. Bill turns 55 today.
Carole Miller is staff development editor and features editor of the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. A 1974 graduate of the University of Oregon, Carole spent two years at Popular Mechanics magazine, six years at the North County News and two years at the Journal News of White Plains, N.Y., before moving to Raleigh in 2000. She’s also served as editor of the N&O‘s Q section and manager of the conversion to CCI.
Barry Reeves is a broker with Keller Williams Realty in Charlotte, N.C. A 1992 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Barry spent a year as a reporter and copy editor for the Houston Post and another year as college editor for ESPN.com before joining the Sporting News in 1996. He, too, relocated to Charlotte when the Sporting News did in 2008. Barry served as senior editor of what eventually became SportingNews.com, assistant managing editor for pro sports, managing editor of the web operation, editor-at-large, NFL editor, and college hoops and soccer editor. Like Bill, two paragraphs above, he was laid off in 2013. He started selling real estate last summer. Find his Twitter feed here. Barry turns 45 today.
Amy, Rayanne, AnnMarie, Carole, Barry and Bill share a birthday with actors Richard William “Wil” Wheaton III, David Warner, Allison Mack, Génesis Rodríguez Pérez, Joshua Michael “Josh” Radnor and Clara Gordon Bow; musicians Vivienne Patricia “Patti” Scialfa, Martina Mariea Schiff (better known as Martina McBride), Brian Joseph Burton (better known as Danger Mouse) and Gary Lee Weinrib (better known as Geddy Lee of Rush); choreographer Paul Taylor, poet Stanley Jasspon Kunitz, novelist Newton Booth Tarkington, comedian Irwin Corey, economist Daniel McFadden; sports greats Chad Ryan Billingsley (baseball), Dick Harmon (golf), Robert Blake Theodore “Ted” Lindsay (hockey); political wives Marilyn Tucker Quayle and Mary Elizabeth Alexander Hanford “Liddy” Dole; diplomat Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld; Italian dictator Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini; celebrity lawyer Melvin Mouron Belli, illustrator and comic book creator Dave Stevens, documentary maker Kenneth Lauren “Ken” Burns and TV newsman Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings.
In addition, today is Rain Day, National Chicken Wing Day and Lasagna Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, folks! Have an excellent birthday today!