Birthdays for Friday, Nov. 28

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six brilliant visual journalists…


Josh Awtry is executive editor of Gannett’s Ashville, N.C., Citizen-Times and the News of Greenville, S.C. A 1998 graduate of Hastings College in south central Nebraska, Josh spent two years as a copy editor, entertainment editor and one-man graphics staff at the Independent of Grand Island, Neb. In 2000, he became design director for the Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. In 2003, he moved back to Grand Island to serve as managing editor for presentation. In 2004, Josh was named assistant managing editor for presentation for the Salt Lake Tribune. In 2011, he was named editor of the Times-News of Twin Falls, Idaho. He moved to the Coloradoan of Fort Collins, Colo., that December. Last year, the Columbia Journalism Review recognized the work Josh did at the Coloradoan. He moved back to the Carolinas last winter. Find his personal web site here and his Twitter feed here. Josh turns 39 today.


Bethany Bickley is a designer for the Star Advertiser of Honolulu, Hawaii. A 2010 graduate of Ohio University, Bethany won first place for features page and second place for art and illustration in the Society for News Design student design contest sponsored by Michigan State University. She signed on as a summer intern that year at the Huntsville (Ala.) Times, which wisely elected to keep her on permanently. Bethany moved to the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., in 2012, just before the Times’ parent company downsized and consolidated design into a hub in Birmingham. She started work for the Star-Advertiser in October. Find her online portfolio here, her NewspageDesigner gallery here and her Twitter feed here. Bethany turns 27 today.


Phillip Blanchard is a Bethesda, Md.-based free-lance editor and a contract editor for Tribune News Services. He’s also the man behind the Testy Copy Editors bulletin board site. Phillip started out as a reporter for a radio station in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1967 and worked his way through stations and newspapers across the state. In 1981, he became assistant city editor of the Schenectady Gazette and then chief slot editor of the Albany Times Union in 1986. In 1989, he moved to the Chicago Sun-Times and then again to the Washington Post in 2000. He left the Post in 2008. Find the Testy Copy Editors site here and its Facebook page here. Find Phillip’s Twitter feed here. Phillip turns 61 today.


Darla Cameron is an interactive graphics editor for the Washington Post. As a student at the University of Missouri, Darla worked as production manager for the Maneater and a designer and infographics teaching assistant at the Columbia Missourian. She also interned at the Tulsa (Okla.) World and served a summer fellowship at the Poynter Institute. She went to work for the St. Petersburg Times after she graduated in 2008, producing print and multimedia graphics and editing the paper’s home page two nights a week. She moved to the Post in 2012. Find her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here. Darla turns 29 today.


Keith Kohn is assistant Long Island editor for Newsday in Melville, N.Y. A 1981 graduate of the University of South Florida, Keith spent two years as a writer for the Miami News. He spent 19 years as an editor at the Tampa Tribune and then two years as business editor of the Times Union of Albany, N.Y., before becoming night editor of the Orlando Sentinel in 1999. He moved to Newsday in 2011. Find his cancer survivor blog here (esophageal cancer; in remission for seven years) and his Twitter feed here.


Pat Weeden is curator of the Kelch Aviation Museum of Brodhead, Wis. A 1990 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Pat spent 17 years as operations manager for weather services at Weather Central of Madison, Wis., the guys who produce weather maps for many of the nation’s newspapers. A railway fan, Pat edits a magazine for the Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society. He also sells helicopters and helicopter parts and freelances web site design.

Bethany, Darla, Josh, Keith, Pat and Philip share a birthday with actors Karen Sheila Gillan, Judd Asher Nelson, Edward Allen “Ed” Harris, Ryan Christian Kwanten and Hope Elise Ross Lange; musicians Paul Allen Wood Shaffer, Randall Stuart “Randy” Newman, Tremaine Aldon Neverson (better known as Trey Songz) and Berry Gordy Jr.; director Joseph “Joe” Dante Jr., dancer Alexander Borisovich Godunov; model Vickie Lynn Hogan (better known as Anna Nicole Smith); sports greats Paul Dryden Warfield (football), Matthew Derrick “Matt” Williams (baseball), Marc-André Fleury (hockey) and Henry Gilford Picard (golf); political consultant Dick Morris; politician Gary Warren Hartpence (better known as Gary Hart); longtime New York Times theater critic Justin Brooks Atkinson and faux newsman Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz (better known as Jon Stewart).

In addition to Black Friday, today is Flossing Day, Maize Day, National Native American Heritage Day and the National Day of Listening. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have a wonderful birthday today!

Birthdays for Thursday, Nov. 27

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four superlative visual journalists…


Julie Frady is a design professional based in Long Beach, Calif. A 1986 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Julie spent 11 years as a features art director for the Chicago Tribune and then six-and-a-half years as a senior features designer for the New York Post. She left New York in 2011 to move to the West Coast. She spent a few months doing contract work for the features department of the Los Angeles Times, and then a year as a senior features designer for the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif. She volunteers at the Aquarium of the Pacific.


Jeremy Gustafson is sports team leader for the Gannett Design Studio in Des Moines, Iowa. A 2002 graduate of Iowa State University, Jeremy went to work right away for the Des Moines Register. He moved over to the studio when it staffed up in 2011. Find Jeremy’s portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Jeremy turns 36 today.


Michael Miller is editor in chief of the Toledo (Ohio) Free Press. A 1996 graduate of the University of Toledo, Michael worked as news editor of the Daily Telegram of Adrian, Mich., before taking over in Toledo in 2005.


Bill Wambeke is a page designer for the Wisconsin team at the Gannett Design Studio in Des Moines, Iowa. A graduate of Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D., Bill sever as a reporter, copy editor and outdoors editor for the Aberdeen, S.D., American News and the Press of Sheridan, Wyo., before joining the Twin Falls, Idaho, Times-News in 2006 as a copy editor and page designer. He moved to the Journal Star of Lincoln, Neb., in 2010 and then again to the Forum of Fargo, N.D., in 2011 as presentation editor. He moved to Des Moines in 2013. Find his portfolio here. Bill turns 33 today.

Bill, Jeremy, Michael and Julie share a birthday with actors Sharlto Copley, Alison Courtney Pill, Brooke Langton, William Edward Fichtner, Samantha Bond, Jaleel Ahman White (the guy who played “Urkel” on Family Matters), Robin Simone Givens, and the late, great Lee Jun-fan (better known as Bruce Lee); musicians Edward Thomas “Eddie” Rabbitt and Johnny Allen “Jimi” Hendrix; directors Adam Michael Shankman and Kathryn Ann Bigelow; screenwriter James Rufus Agee; children’s TV show hosts Robert Emil Schmidt (better known as Buffalo Bob Smith) and William Sanford “Bill” Nye (“the Science Guy”); Dancing With the Stars co-host Samantha Harris; sports greats Larry Christopher Allen and Kenneth John O’Brien (both football), Iván Rodríguez, James Calvin “Jimmy” Rollins, Michael Lorri “Mike” Scioscia (all three baseball) and Francis Dayle “Chick” Hearn (basketball announcer); children’s book author Kevin Henkes; biographer Gail Sheehy, Filipino leader Benigno Simeon “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., politician Timothy James “Tim” Pawlenty and presidential daughter — and now ambassador to Japan – Caroline Bouvier Kennedy.

In addition to Thanksgiving, today is the National Day of Mourning. Seriously.

Have a truly great birthday today, folks! Best wishes!

The front pages of both editions of today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Evan Hill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sent us the first and second editions of today’s front page.

The focus today was the giant disturbance outside Ferguson City Hall. Lead photo in the first edition by Huy Mach showed a police car that had been set afire.


In the final edition, the blurbs up top changed and the “Street Protests” story updated.


The picture of police officers standing guard outside city hall was by Christian Gooden.

The designer, Evan tells us, was Norma Klingsick.

Average daily circulation for the Post-Dispatch is 187,992.

Other posts here in the blog about the Post-Dispatch‘s coverage of the situation in Ferguson:

  • Aug. 18: At look at the past week’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch front pages
  • Aug. 27: More Michael Brown-related front pages from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Nov. 25: All three edition front pages of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Birthdays for Wednesday, Nov. 26

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four wonderful visual journalists…


Christopher Foster is an illustrator, designer and copy editor for Lee Enterprises in Madison, Wis. A 1995 graduate of Illinois State University, Chris spent a year-and-a-half as an ad artist for the News-Sun of Waukegan, Ill., before moving to the Beacon-News of Aurora, Ill. as a news and special sections designer. He moved to the News-Sun of Lake County in 2001 as a sports and features designer, was named lead designer and systems editor in 2004. He joined the GateHouse hub in Rockford, Ill., in 2012 and leaped to Lee in June. Chris turns 43 today.


Mike Jarboe is chief of the copy desk for the Times Union of Albany, N.Y. He also writes a horseracing and handicapping column for the paper. A product of Pennsylvania Military College, Mike spent a few years as a freelance reporter for the Courier Post and the Burlington County Times of Willingboro, N.J., before signing on at the Register-News of Bordentown, N.J., in 1977 as a cops and government reporter. In 1979, he moved to the Burlington Country Herald of Mount Holly, N.J., as a cops reporter and, eventually, editor. He moved in 1981 Syracuse to become metro editor of the Post-Standard. He became Op-Ed editor and then moved again in 1987 to a copy editing spot at the Milwaukee Sentinel. Mike has been with the Times Union coming up on 25 years. In his spare time, he plays the fiddle. Find his Twitter feed here.


Megan Ruyle is a copy editor and designer for the Hill newspaper in Washington D.C. A 2002 graduate of UNC-Wilmington, Megan worked as a copy editor and designer for the Wilmington Star-News before attending grad school at the University of Missouri. She then worked as a designer at the Lewiston, Maine, Sun Journal and then as a copy editor for Gannett’s Army Times Publishing company in Springfield, Va., just south of D.C. She moved to her current job in 2009. Find her portfolio here, her fitness and running blog here and her Twitter feed here. Megan turns 35 today.


Rinku Sharma is deputy news editor for design at the Hindustan Times in New Delhi, India. He turns 31 today.

Rinku, Megan, Christopher and Mike share a birthday with actors Kristin Neubauer (better known as Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Richard Caruthers “Rich” Little; musicians Robert Gerard Goulet, John Graham McVie (of Fleetwood Mac), Natasha Anne Bedingfield, Rita Sahatçiu Ora and Anna Mae Bullock (better known as Tina Turner); sports greats Arthur “Art” Shell, Harold Donald “Harry” Carson and Roger Wehrli (all three football), Dale Arnold Jarrett (auto racing), Vernon Louis “Lefty” Gomez, Matthew Martin “Matt” Carpenter (both baseball) and Shawn T. Kemp (basketball); sci-fi author Frederik George Pohl Jr.; TV journalist Arnold Eric Sevareid, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and cartoonist Charles Monroe Schulz.

In addition, today is Tie One On Day. Seriously.

Have a fantastic birthday today, folks! Best wishes!

All three edition front pages of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Here was the first edition of today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the day after a grand jury elected not to charge the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man in Ferguson, Mo., this summer.


The lead photo was of police officers in riot gear, as a police car burns in the background. The picture was by staffer Christian Gooden.

Not a whole lot changed for the second edition front.


For the third edition, the stories updated and the lead photo was swapped for one that showed folks taking photos of themselves in front of a burning business on West Florissant Street.


The photo was by Robert Cohen.

Assistant managing editor for presentation Santiago Carlos Ayulo tells us the pages were designed by Wade Wilson, Josh Renaud and himself:

The three of us kicked around [ideas] with night news editor Ron Wade a couple of days ago.

Average daily circulation for the Post-Dispatch is 187,992.