Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five excellent visual journalists…
David Downham is a production designer for Angie’s List in Indianapolis, Ind. A 2011 graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., David interned at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and at the Oklahoman of Oklahoma City before signing on as a designer at the Gannett Design Studio in Nashville. In 2012, he moved back to the Oklahoman and then moved again to Indy last year. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. David turns 26 today.
Kathryn Esplin is a writer and copy editor with Demand Media and working out of Boston, Mass. A 1975 graduate of McGill University, Kathryn earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University in 1983 and then spent six years as a reporter, features editor and senior editor for Digital News Media of Boston. She’s worked in a number of editorial-type positions ever since. She started work for Demand in 2010.
Jaedda Hall is internship program coordinator for NASA Langley Research Center and a graduate assistant and resume coach at Regent University in Virginia Beach. A 2009 graduate of Norfolk State University, Jaedda spent more than two years as editor-in-chief for the school’s student paper, the Spartan Echo. She spent six months as an intern with the Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau and three years working as an intern and then a full-time reporter with the Virginian-Pilot. She spent a year working in placement services at Howard University in Washington, D.C. In 2011, she became a career coach at the Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads in Virginia Beach. She moved over to Regent last summer and then went to work for NASA two months ago. Find Jaedda’s personal web site here.
Vince Lara-Cinisomo is web editor for Baseball America and feedback editor for the Bleacher Report, working out of Chapel Hill, N.C. A 2003 graduate of St. Francis College in Brooklyn, Vince was assistant managing editor of the Pittsburgh Business Times before joining the Sporting News in Charlotte, N.C., as assistant managing editor. 2008. He left the Sporting News in 2012, moved to Chapel Hill and has done work for Yahoo and Rivals.com, as well as the Silicon Valley Business Journal. He set out on his current gigs a year ago. Find his Twitter feed here. Vince turns 46 today
Melissa Umbarger is niche publications editor for the News & Record of Greensboro, N.C. A 2001 graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., Melissa spent two years as a copy editor for the Daily Press of Newport News., Va. before joining the News & Record in 2003 as a copy editor. She was promoted to her current position last fall. She also worked as a freelance reporter and copy editor, writing city profiles for the in-flight magazines for US Airways and Delta. Find her Twitter feed here.
David, Kathryn, Jaedda, Melissa and Vince share a birthday with actors Annette Joanne Funicello, Jeffrey Lynn “Jeff” Goldblum, Jonathan William Lipnicki, Christopher Allen Lloyd, Jay Johnston, Robert “Bob” Odenkirk, Joan de Veauvoir de Havilland (better known as Joan Fontaine) and Jerome Lester “Jerry” Horwitz (better known as Curly Howard of the Three Stooges); musicians Orville Richard Burrell (better known as Shaggy), Zachary Walker “Zac” Hanson, Wesley Stace (better known as John Wesley Harding) and Franz Liszt; director Adam Spiegel (better known as Spike Jonze); psychologist and LSD guru Timothy Francis Leary; spiritualist Deepak Chopra; attempted presidential assassin Lynette Alice “Squeaky” Fromme; Italian chef Ettore “Hector” Boiardi (better known as Chef Boyardee); sports greats Brian Anthony Boitano (skating), Ichiro Suzuki, Robinson José Canó Mercedes (both baseball) and Earl Heath Miller Jr. (football) and painter Newell Convers Wyeth.
In addition, today is National Nut Day, Smart Is Cool Day, Medical Assistants Recognition Day, International Stuttering Awareness Day and CAPS LOCK DAY. Seriously.
Best wishes, folks! Have a wonderful birthday!