Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four talented visual journalists…
Jacqui Banaszynski is a professor of journalism at the University of Missouri. A 1974 graduate of Marquette University, Jacqui worked as a reporter for the Janesville (Wis.) Gazette, the Duluth (Minn.) News-Tribune, the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune before becoming projects editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 1984. She won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1988. In 1994, she became senior editor for enterprise at the Portland Oregonian and then spent eight years as an assistant managing editor for the Seattle Times. She moved to the University of Missouri in 2000, where she teaches writing, reporting and editing. Find her official bio here and her Twitter feed here.
David Farré is director of digital operations for PennLive.com, the web site for the Harrisburg, Pa., Patriot-News. A 1997 graduate of Rutgers, David spent eight years as online editor for the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune and teaching electronic photojournalism as an adjunct at the University of Missouri. He moved to the Free Press of Burlington, Vt. in 2009 as a digital developer, was promoted to director of digital content in 2010 and started work in Harrisburg two years ago yesterday. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. David turns 41 today.
Chris Grimm is lead features designer for the Journal Star of Peoria, Ill. A 1996 graduate of Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, Chris spent a year as a sportswriter for the La Salle News-Tribune and then three as a sports copy editor for the Bloomington Pantagraph before moving to Peoria in 2005. In addition, he teaches design and copy editing at Bradley University, there in Peoria. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Chris turns 42 today.
Jordan Overturf is digital coordinator for the Eagle of Bryan/College Station, Texas. A 2007 graduate of the University of Houston, Jordan served as a sports writer for the student paper there, the Daily Cougar, and also wrote for Avid Golfer and Golf Houston magazines. He joined the Temple (Texas) Daily Telegram in 2008 as lifestyles and entertainment editor and designer. He took time off for a mission trip to Zambia in 2012 and then moved to the Eagle in 2013. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.
David, Chris, Jordan and Jacqui share a birthday with actors Jennifer Anne Garner, Patricia Rooney Mara, Shaun Mark “Sean” Bean, Olivia Osuna (better known as Olivia Hussey), Lela Rochon Staples and William Franklin Beedle Jr. (better known as William Holden); musicians Elizabeth Clark “Liz” Phair, Jan Hammer, Michael Sembello and Donald “Don” Kirshner; singer-turned-model-turned-housewife Victoria Caroline Adams Beckham (better known, perhaps, as Posh of the Spice Girls); wrassler Roderick George Toombs (better known as Rowdy Roddy Piper); sports greats Norman Julius “Boomer” Esiason (football), Kevin Porter (basketball) and Marquis Deon Grissom (baseball); novelist Thornton Niven Wilder; zillionaire John Pierpont Morgan and TV journalist Harry Reasoner.
In addition, today is Ford Mustang Day, Nothing Like a Dame Day, Bat Appreciation Day, Blah! Blah! Blah! Day and the National Day of Silence. Seriously.
Best wishes, y’all! Have a wonderful birthday!