Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to nine superlative visual journalists…
Daniel Cooper is an interactive designer for GolinHarris of Dallas. A 2002 graduate of Ball State, Daniel worked an internship at the Star Ledger of Newark, N.J., before joining the Star-Telegram of Fort Worth. Dan was promoted to senior designer in 2008 but left two years later to return to Ball State for a Master’s degree in digital storytelling. He earned that degree in 2011 and began work as project manager of the Center for Media Design at BSU. He moved back to Texas last summer. Find his web site here. Daniel turns 35 today.
Judy Evans is a proposal writer for Express Scripts of St. Louis, Mo. A 1979 graduate of the University of Missouri, Judy spent five years as managing editor of the Desert Dispatch of Barstow, Calif. before moving to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1986. She stayed there for 26 years, working as a copy editor, assistant editor of the Sunday magazine and then 19 years as food editor. She left in 2012 and spent a year-and-a-half freelancing before joining Express a year ago. Find her food blog here and her Twitter feed here.
Elizabeth Flynn is director of digital media at Remax Access in Philadelphia. A2007 graduate of Temple University, Elizabeth worked in a variety of fields before starting her current position last spring. She turns 39 today.
Allie Ghaman is a features designer for the Washington Post. A 2010 graduate of the University of Michigan, Allie served internships at the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post and worked a year as managing editor for design at the Michigan Daily. She’s been at the Post for four years. Find her personal web site here, her online portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.
Phil Krugel is sports team leader for the Gannett Design Studio in Louisville, Ky. A graduate of Cal State Northridge, Phil spent seven years as a copy editor and designer for the Los Angeles Daily News before moving to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1999 as a sports designer. He departed in 2000 to become assistant sports editor of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson but returned in 2004. After four years as a designer, he was named the AJC‘s late-shift design manager in 2008. He moved to Gannett in 2011. He and a friend run a fantasy baseball web site, RotoAce.com. Find his Twitter feed here. Phil turns 42 today.
Greg Manifold is design director at the Washington Post. A 1999 graduate of (deep breath) California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, Greg worked as a copy editor and sports designer for the San Luis Obispo Tribune before moving to the Post in 2005 as deputy sports editor for design. He was promoted to deputy design director for news in 2009 and then to design director last fall. Find his Twitter feed here. Greg turns 37 today.
Pam Robinson is a press officer for Suffolk County in New York. A product of Lorain County Community College and Fordham University, Pam worked as a reporter and editor for the Lorain Journal, the Hartford Courant and the New London Day before joining Newsday in 1982. She worked a variety of positions in her 13 years there, leaving in 1995 as senior news editor. She then spent a year as a copy editor for the New York Times and managing editor of Computer Retail Week before becoming a news editor for the Los Angeles Times/Washington Post wire service. After 10 years of that, Pam has worked as a coordinating producer for ABC News’ On Campus program and as a freelance writer and editor. She spent three-and-a-half years as a regional editor for Patch.com before going to work for Suffolk in January. Pam is a co-founder and ex-president of the American Copy Editors Society. In fact, ACES’ annual prize for excellence in copy editing is named the Robinson Prize. Find her own blog here and her Twitter feed here.
Frank Witsil is web editor for the Detroit Free Press. A 1994 graduate of Florida State University, Frank worked briefly as a reporter for the St. Petersburg Times, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Slidell (La.) Sentry-News and the Union-Recorder of Milledgeville, Ga., before becoming a business reporter for the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle. He served as transportation writer for the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal and then tech writer for the Tampa Tribune. He moved to the Freep in 2002 as a reporter. He moved to the copy desk in 2008 and then moved to the digital side in 2009. Find his Twitter feed here.
Javier Zarracina is graphics and data editor for the Los Angeles Times. A 1987 graduate of the Universidad del Pais Vasco in Bilbao, Spain, Javier has been an artist and then graphics director for el Correro in Bilbao, deputy graphics director of the San Jose Mercury News, and graphics director of Group Vocento in Spain. He joined the Boston Globe in 2007 as graphics editor and moved back to the West Coast last fall. He also consults for the Innovation Media Group. He’s married to Kris Viesselman, former vice president for product development and chief creative officer of U-T San Diego. Find his personal web site here and his Twitter feed here.
Daniel, Allie, Judy, Greg, Elizabeth, Phil, Frank, Pam and Javier share a birthday with actors Eva Jacqueline Longoria, Judd Hirsch, Sean Biggerstaff, Caitlin Elizabeth Wachs, Joseph Roszawikz (better known as Joe E. Ross) and Edward McDonald Carey; musicians William James Adams Jr. (better known as will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas), Michael Edward “Mike” Love (of the Beach Boys), Daniel “Dee” Snider (of Twisted Sister), Joseph Hahn (of Linkin Park), Mark Allan Hoppus (of Blink-182), Terence Trent Howard (better known as Terence Trent D’Arby but now known, believe it or not, as Sananda Francesco Maitreya), Sam John “Lightnin’” Hopkins, Sylvester Stewart (better known as Sly Stone) and bandleader Henry Haag “Harry” James; model Fabio Lanzoni, sports greats Bobby Lee Bonds, Harold Douglas Baines, Kevin Edmund Youkilis (all three baseball), Robert Terrell “Terry” Cummings (basketball), William Clay Matthews Jr., Tavon Austin, Norman Mack “Norm” Van Brocklin (all three football) and Michael “Mike” Tomlin (football coach); astronaut Alan LaVern Bean; TV preacher Jimmy Lee Swaggart and the man on the $20 bill, President Andrew Jackson.
In addition to the Ides of March, today is World Consumer Rights Day, National Quilting Day, International Sports Car Racing Day and Buzzards Day. Seriously.
Have a terrific birthday, all! Best wishes!