Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to a pair of wonderful visual journalists…
Evelyn Lau is a features web editor for the National of Abu Dhabi. A 2010 graduate of the University of Iowa, Evelyn worked as a sports talk show host for the campus radio station and assistant sports editor for the student newspaper. She served an internship with Athlete Interactive, where she created content to go on personal web sites of professional athletes. After graduation, she worked a while as a substitute teacher before starting work in 2011 for the Boston Herald. She moved to Abu Dhabi a year ago. Find her Twitter feed here. Evelyn turns 27 today.
Denise Reagan is director of communications for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Fla. A 1990 graduate of the University of Florida, Denise spent four-and-a-half years as a designer for the News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., before moving to the Detroit Free Press as a features designer. In 1996, she became art director of the Friday entertainment section of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. She moved to the Morning News of Savannah, Ga., to become planning editor in 2002 and then again to the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as director of news design in 2004. She moved to Jacksonville in 2006 to become assistant managing editor for visuals at the Florida Times Union. She was named editor of Folio Weekly, an alt-weekly tabloid newspaper in Jacksonville, in 2012. Denise left newspapers in 2013. In addition, she teaches news design on an adjunct basis for her alma mater. She spent five years directing Quickcourse seminars for the Society for News Design and spent three years as president of the SND Foundation. Find her Twitter feed here.
Evelyn and Denise share a birthday with actors Donna Belle Mullenger (better known as Donna Reed), Bridget Jane Fonda (not to be confused with her sister Jane Fonda), Miriam Spickler (better known as Mimi Rogers), James Cromwell, Merle Johnson Jr. (better known as Troy Donahue) and Patton Oswalt; musicians Nicholas Berkeley “Nick” Mason (of Pink Floyd), Jerome David Kern, Lyle Russell Cedric “Skitch” Henderson and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; dancer Mikhail Nikolaevich Baryshnikov; sports greats Marat Mubinovich Safin (tennis), Anthony Cris Collinsworth, William Arthur “Billy White Shoes” Johnson, John Matthew “Matt” Stover (all three football), Arthur Joseph “Art” Rooney (NFL team owner) and Gerald Hatten “Jerry” Buss (NBA team owner); writer Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll); chief justice of the supreme court John Glover Roberts Jr.; TV host Keith Theodore Olbermann and comic book artists Peter Alan Laird and Frank Miller.
In addition, today is Holocaust Memorial Day, National Geographic Day, Viet Nam Peace Day, Auschwitz Liberation Day and Thomas Crapper Day. Seriously.
Have a terrific birthday, folks! Best wishes!