Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four fabulous visual journalists…
Matthew Bowers is an assistant city editor for the Virginia Beach team of the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk. A 1977 graduate of Western Maryland College — now called McDaniel College — Matt earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1982. He worked for a small newspaper in Maryland and then joined the Pilot in 1985, where he’s covered schools, public safety and family and children’s issues.
Patty Cox is digital content manager for the Weather Channel, based in Atlanta, Ga. A 1986 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Patty spent two years as a copy editor and designer for the Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Ind., before joining the Tampa Tribune in 1988. She moved over to the St. Petersburg Times later that year, working as a copy editor, designer, metro news editor and director of art and presentation before leaving in 2001 to become a project manager for Garcia Media. She returned to the Times in 2008 as assistant managing editor for presentation. When her husband relocated to Atlanta in 2011, Patty stepped down as AME and consulted for the Times. She joined the Weather Channel in 2012. Find her Twitter feed here.
William Neff is assistant graphics editor for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He spent five years as an artist for the Philadelphia Inquirer before moving to the Plain Dealer in 2003, serving as an artist and a graphics editor. Find his web site here, his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Bill turns 54 today.
Amber Nettles is a social media specialist for Entercom Communications, which owns 110 radio stations across the U.S. A 2007 graduate of Christopher Newport University, Amber went to work right away for the Daily Press of Newport News, Va., first as a copy editor and then as a designer for community news pages. She moved to the online side in 2009 as the paper’s manager of mobile news and social networking. She made the leap to Entercom in 2011. Find her Twitter feed here.
Amber, Matt, Patty and William share a birthday with actors Robert Hepler “Rob” Lowe, Gary Alan Sinise, Mathew St. Patrick, Kurt Vogel Russell, Patrick G. Duffy and Samuel Horwitz (better known as Shemp Howard of the Three Stooges); musicians William Patrick “Billy” Corgan Jr. (of Smashing Pumpkins), Caroline Georgine Corr (of the Corrs), John Benson Sebastian Jr. (of the Lovin’ Spoonful), Paul Lorin Kantner (of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship), Tamar Estine Braxton-Herbert (of the Braxton Family Values) and Nathaniel Adams Coles (better known as Nat King Cole); dancer Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev, astronauts Thomas Kenneth “Ken” Mattingly II and James Benson Irwin, serial killer John Wayne Gacy Jr., sports greats Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones Jr. (golf), Daniel Ray “Danny” Ainge (basketball), Clarence Edwin “Cito” Gaston (baseball manager), Harry Vance “Chuck” Muncie, Samuel Adrian “Sammy” Baugh (both football) and Mariel Margaret “Mia” Hamm (soccer); cartoonist Patrick McDonnell and journalist Michael Thomas Kelly.
In addition to St. Patrick’s Day, today is Campfire Girls Day and Well-Elderly Day. Seriously.
Have a fantastic birthday, folks! Best wishes!