Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five talented visual journalists…
Steve Breen is editorial cartoonist for the San Diego Union-Tribune. A 1994 graduate of UC Riverside, Steve spent nearly five years as cartoonist for the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey before moving back to the west coast in 2001. He’s won two Pulitzer prizes: In 1998 and 2009. Find galleries of his work here and here. Find his Twitter feed here. Steve turns 45 today.
Jennifer Jiggetts is a journalist and former Peace Corps volunteer now living in Raleigh, N.C. A 2007 graduate of Virginia’s Norfolk State University, Jennifer served an internship at the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, and then worked there part-time before moving to the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Md., in 2008. She returned to the Pilot in 2010 as a general assignment and cops reporter. She served two years with the Peace Corps starting in 2012. Find her life in Lesotho blog here, her writing clips here and her Twitter feed here.
Travis Ricks is creative adviser for the State News at Michigan State University in Lansing. A 2007 graduate of that same institution, Travis was named SND Student Designer of the year. He served an extended internship at the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel until the Sarasota Herald-Tribune hired him. Then — four months to the day on which he started — the Herald-Tribune laid him off. In 2008, Travis went to work for Miles Media in Sarasota, Fla., a marketing publisher of print and web products to promote tourism. He moved back to Michigan in 2012. Find his Twitter feed here. Travis turns 33 today.
Pegie Stark is a communications design consultant based in St. Petersburg, Fla. A 1974 graduate of the John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Pegie has served as graphics editor of the Detroit News, graphics director of the Detroit Free Press, art director for the St. Petersburg Times and art and design director for the Ottawa Citizen. She spent four years as director of the Poynter Institute’s graphics and design programs and is still an affiliate faculty member there. She co-directed three Poynter EyeTrack research projects, wrote a book (Color, Contrast and Dimension in News Design, published in 1991 by Poynter) and has redesigned a number of papers around the world. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here. Pegie turns 66 today.
Travis, Jennifer, Adrian, Steve and Pegie share a birthday with actors Lugina “Gina” Lollobrigida, Eva Marie Saint and Rebecca Sara “Becki” Newton; musicians John Dempsey (better known as Jack Frost), Michael Sweet (of Boston and Stryper), William Harrison “Bill” Withers Jr. and Mitchell William “Mitch” Miller; reality TV star Michael “the Situation” Sorrentino; playwright Marvin Neil Simon; dancer-turned-politician George Lloyd Murphy; sports greats Harvey and Horace Grant (both basketball), Floyd Douglas Little, Emerson Boozer (both football), Charles William “Chuck” Tanner (baseball manager), Allen “Al” Davis (football owner), George Michael Steinbrenner III (baseball owner), and ESPN’s Jason “Jay” Crawford; presidential daughter Malia Ann Obama; President John Calvin Coolidge; rich jailbird Leona Mindy Roberts Rosenthal Helmsley; novelist Nathaniel Hathorne (better known as Nathaniel Hawthorne); TV host Gerald Michael Riviera (better known as Geraldo Rivera); twin newspaper columnists Esther Pauline “Eppie” Friedman and Pauline Esther Friedman (better known as Ann Landers and Dear Abby, respectively) and cartoonist Reuben Garrett Lucius “Rube” Goldberg.
In addition to Independence Day, today is Boom Box Parade Day, Hop a Park Day, International Day of Cooperatives and International Cherry Pit Spitting Day. Seriously.
Have a terrific birthday, y’all! Best wishes!