Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five wonderful visual journalists…
John Grimwade is an information designer based in New York City. A graduate of the Canterbury College of Art, John previously served as graphics director of the Times of London. He spent several years as graphics director of Condé Nast publications. He has taught all over the world and has been teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In February, he was hired to join the faculty of Ohio University‘s School of Visual Communication. John will begin work there this fall. Find his personal web site here and his Twitter feed here. John turns 64 today.
Jennifer Hemmingsen is a columnist and opinion writer for the Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and is manager of the paper’s community networks and engagement. A 2002 graduate of the University of Iowa, Jennifer earned a master’s degree from that same school in 2004. She worked as a reporter and copy editor for the Tribune of Albert Lea, Minn., the East Oregonian of Pendleton, Ore. and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. She also spent two years as internship and assessment coordinator for the University of Iowa’s School of Journalism. She taught as an adjunct at U of I for six years. Find her Twitter feed here.
Bill Krueger is senior associate editor for N.C. State Alumni Magazine in Raleigh, N.C. A 1982 graduate of the University of Georgia, Bill served as editor-and-chief of the school’s independent newspaper, the Red & Black. He spent 24 years with the News & Observer of Raleigh, as a Washington correspondent, general assignment and state government reporter, investigative reporter, capital editor and then capital bureau chief for the N&O as well as the Charlotte Observer. He took a year off in 1999 to serve a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and then departed for good in 2010. He then spent seven months as a “Sense-Making Fellow” at the Poynter Institute, writing about how new media is affecting traditional journalistic values. He started work at N.C. State in 2011. His wife, Sperry Krueger — also an N&O alumnus — is a research librarian at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. Find Bill’s Twitter feed here.
Billy Kulpa is a senior graphic artist for Cleo, a software company based in Rockford, Ill. A 2007 graduate of Northern Illinois University, Billy redesigned the student paper, the Northern Star, served as design editor and interned on the copy desk of the Rockford Register Star. In 2007, Billy served a summer fellowship at the Poynter Institute, a summer internship at the Orlando Sentinel and then worked as a new media intern at Poynter until he rejoined the Register Star in 2008 as a graphic artist and multimedia editor. In 2010, he became a designer for GateHouse News Service of Downers Grove, Ill. and then moved again to Rosecrance Health Network of Rockford in 2011. In 2012, Billy was named deputy design director of the Lee production hub in Munster, Ind. He left newspapers again in 2013. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Billy turns 32 today.
Kathleen Sullivan is a multimedia producer for the International Energy Agency in Paris. Kathleen served an internship with USA Today and worked at Accuweather before graduating Penn State University in 2007, where she concentrated on journalism, biology and international studies and served as managing editor for design at the Daily Collegian. She earned a master’s degree last year from Georgetown University and worked off-and-on for USA Today and Gannett from 2006 until she moved to France in 2012. Find her Twitter feed here.
Billy, Jennifer, Kathleen, Bill and John share a birthday with actors Laurence Kerr Olivier, Paul Edward Winfield, Susan Elizabeth Strasberg, Richard Benjamin, Jennifer Michell “Ginnifer” Goodwin, Margaret Denise Quigley (better known as Maggie Q) and Anna C. Belknap; musicians Steven Patrick Morrissey (who normally goes only by his last name), Bernard Nierow (better known as Peter Nero), Bernard John “Bernie” Taupin and Wilhelm Richard Wagner; model Naomi Campbell; game show announcer John Leonard “Johnny” Olson; sports greats Thomas Edward “Tommy” John Jr. (baseball), Donald André “Dré” Bly (football), Novak Djokovic (tennis) and Apolo Anton Ohno (speed skating); corporate raider Thomas Boone Pickens Jr.; “unabomber” Theodore John “Ted” Kaczynski; politician and activist Harvey Bernard Milk; author Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle and former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw.
In addition, today is Victoria Day, National Maritime Day, Don’t Fry Day, Harvey Milk Day, Heat Awareness Day, World Goth Day and Canadian Immigrants Day. Seriously.
Have a terrific birthday today, all! Best wishes!