Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five outstanding visual journalists…
Adolfo Arranz is creative director for MediaCorp of Singapore. Previously, Adolfo worked as an infographics artist for Madrid’s el Mundo and then the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. I wrote about his work most recently here. Find Adolfo’s portfolio here and his blog here. Find his Twitter feed here.
Denise Bridges is a communications and administration specialist based in Williamsburg, Va. A 1977 graduate of the University of Southern California, Denise earned an MBA in strategic planning from the University of New Mexico. She worked with the Associated Press’ Los Angeles bureau, the Nashville Tennessean, the Albuquerque (N.M.) Tribune, the Wilmington, Del., News-Journal and the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune. She served as a community editor for the Daily Press of Newport News, Va., and as professional development director of the Virginia Press Association before joining the Virginian-Pilot in 2005 as director of newsroom operations and staff development. She left the Pilot in 2013. Find her Twitter feed here.
Patrick Evans-Hylton is senior editor for food and wine for Hampton Roads magazine and executive editor of Virginia Wine Lover magazine. A 1996 graduate of Johnson and Wales University, Patrick also hosts a food-themed weekly radio show and teaches gourmet cooking at the Culinary Institute of Virginia. He is the author of six books –his most recent is Popcorn. He also is CEO (“Chief Eating Officer”) of his own company, PatrickEvansHylton.com, which promotes Hampton Roads-area food and restaurants. Find his Twitter feed here. Patrick turns 50 today.
Roger Friedensen is a more than just a public relations expert, he’s a “reputation consultant.” Roger is president and CEO of Forge Communications, a strategic communications and marketing firm based in Raleigh, N.C. A holder of bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina, Roger spent 21 years as as vice president and director for client services for Epley Associates, Inc. of Raleigh. He moved to the Catevo Group as senior vice president in 2006 and forged Forge in November 2009. He’s on the executive committee of the counselor’s academy of the Public Relations Society of America, on the steering committee of the Regional Transportation Alliance and he’s a past president of the Raleigh Public Relations Society. As if all that wasn’t enough, Roger is also a guitarist and has released two CDs. Roger’s wife, Teresa Kriegsman, is the former design director of the News & Observer. Find his Twitter feed here. Roger turns 54 today.
Kerry Sipe is the former online news coordinator for the Virginian-Pilot. A 1967 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Kerry spent time at the Charlottesville, Va., Daily Progress and the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. before joining the Pilot. He spent more than 20 years as a reporter, photographer, copy editor, public editor and city editor for the Pilot’s Chesapeake and Virginia Beach bureaus before becoming the paper’s online news go-to guy in 2001. Kerry took a buyout in 2008 and turns 69 today.
Adolfo, Patrick, Roger, Denise and Kerrry share a birthday with actors Henry Warren Beaty (better known as Warren Beatty), Anthony Robert McMillan (better known as Robbie Coltrane), Paul Reiser, John Allen Astin, Ian Andrew Ziering, Mark Consuelos and Matthew Doran; musicians Céline Marie Claudette Dion, Eric Patrick Clapton, Geethali Norah Jones Shankar (better known as Norah Jones), Tracy Chapman, Randy VanWarmer, Stanley Kirk Burrell (better known as MC Hammer), Justin Cole Moore, Rolf Harris, Francesco Paolo LoVecchio (better known as Frankie Laine) and Astrud Weinert Gilberto; TV game show host Ralph Pierre LaCock (better known as Peter Marshall); sports greats Jerry Ray Lucas (basketball), Christopher Allen “Chris” Sale (baseball), Lomas Brown Jr., William Andrew “Billy” Cundiff (both football), Sergio Ramos Garcia (soccer); painter Vincent Willem van Gogh and tabloid editor-turned-Larry King wannabe Piers Stefan O’Meara (better known as Piers Morgan).
In addition, today is Doctors Day, Pencil Day, Torrents Day, World Bi-Polar Day, I Am In Control Day and the Grass is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day. Seriously.
Have a terrific birthday today, folks! Best wishes!